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How to Grow Pumpkins!

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Do you love the fall season as much as we do? As fall is quickly approaching you may have begun to notice the clearer, crisper air and of course, pumpkins! Have you ever considered growing pumpkins? Pumpkin picking is a favorite family fall outing, but you can also have the same experience right at home, in your own backyard.

While it’s too late to plant pumpkins this season, it’s not too early to start planning for the upcoming year. And why not include pumpkins? Pumpkins are, surprisingly, somewhat fragile and need to be planted after any chance of frost is gone. For Southern states, early July is usually the best time to plant a pumpkin patch.

Planting your pumpkins at the beginning of July will give them a long growing season. This typically means 75 to 100 frost-free days. Finding a spot to plant your pumpkins should be easy, as they do well in full sun and lots of space to grow vines. After finding the perfect spot, plant your pumpkin seeds directly into the ground. Pumpkins are very sensitive to the cold so make sure the soil temperature is around 95 degrees.

Pumpkins are very heavy feeders and that’s crucial to keep in mind when you are working on growing your perfect pumpkin crop. The best way to make sure they are properly fertilized and fed is use regular treatments of manure or a compost mixture that includes water. Another great tip to keep in mind is that as your pumpkins begin to grow, be sure to turn them on a regular basis, which will help the pumpkin form in an even shape.