June 17, 2015

Planting Pumpkins at the Farm

This year’s great pumpkin patch is now planted.

As you may know, pumpkins grow on vines, which means they take up a lot of space, so I always plant the pumpkin patch in a back, far corner of the farm. Once the soil temperatures reached a consistent 70-degrees Fahrenheit, my gardener, Wilmer, prepared the soil and added good, rich compost and aged manure to each of the “pumpkin hills.”

This year, we planted nearly 40-varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. We used seeds from various seed companies, and seeds I saved from interesting or tasty pumpkins I enjoyed last season.

I wanted to share how this year’s pumpkin patch was planted, and some of the varieties that are just days from sprouting. There is still time to get your seeds in the ground - I hope these photos offer some gardening inspiration…