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How to Grow Pumpkins
If you plant your seeds in pots take care not to disturb the roots when you move them to the garden. Allow 2-3 weeks for the seedlings to grow to a transplantable size. If direct sowing, planting pumpkin seeds in the garden in early June will usually allow for a timely fall harvest.
Pumpkins are heavy feeders and need fertile soil and a steady supply of water throughout the season. Conditioning the soil with plenty of compost or manure before planting will provide the best results. For even better results, incorporate blood meal, bone meal and kelp meal in addition to the organic matter into the soil before you plant. Early in the season weed aggressively around the pumpkins to destroy as many weeds as possible. It will becomes difficult to get near the center of the plants as they grow.
Pumpkins and winter squash keep well if cut free of the vine just before a hard frost and cured in a warm spot for 10-14 days. That warm spot can be in the field where they are grown or a warm room if conditions require. When moving, handle with care and be certain not to carry using their handles! If storing for the winter, keep your pumpkins in a cool, well-ventilated space.
*This information also pertains to the growing and cultivation of winter squash.