June 20, 2019

Planting in a New Pumpkin Patch

This year’s pumpkin patch at my Bedford, New York farm is now planted.

Pumpkins grow on vines, which means they take up a lot of space. I always plant my pumpkin patch in a roomy bed that can accommodate a large crop of big, colorful fruits. This year, I decided to plant them in one of the lower hayfields, in a corner that had long been used for storing smaller piles of composted manure and leaf mold for the gardens. My head gardener, Ryan McCallister, planted dozens of pumpkin varieties - many from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, a source I’ve used for years. These pumpkins should be ready to harvest in 75 to 100 days, and I can’t wait.

There is still time to get your seeds in the ground - I hope these photos offer some gardening inspiration, enjoy.