Pumpkin patches are an unconventional plant to grow in your garden since many are used to getting their pumpkins from local sellers around Halloween season. However, pumpkin patches are a great way to garden a unique plant to grow, and you can make pumpkin pie from scratch and eat the delicious seeds. Having a strong pumpkin patch will not only yield you food, but you may be able to sell extra pumpkins to your local community during Halloween seasons. You’ll also have an opportunity to carve all sorts of creative pumpkins for Halloween which is fun for the whole family. The best time to grow pumpkin patches is in the late spring/early summer since your pumpkins will need plenty of direct sunlight.
Pumpkin patches take some time to grow, but if you start early you’ll be just in time for the Halloween season. Do some research and figure out what kind of pumpkin you will want to grow. Pumpkin varieties include pumpkin squash, pie pumpkins and white pumpkins. Do some extra research to find a full list of pumpkin varieties. You can also grow different kinds of pumpkin patches in your yard. Once you figure what type of pumpkin you want to make, do look into what types of special ingredients and soil type is needed to grow a particular pumpkin. The different pumpkins will require their own nutrient types and growing times, but soil for growing any vegetable should have a good balance of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium to promote the growing process. Ask your local nursery about the best balance of nutrients that are needed to help your pumpkins grow.
A very important factor when it comes to growing pumpkin patches is space. Make sure no other plants are in the way as you start growing your pumpkin patches. Be sure no other flowers will be in the pumpkin patch as well. Pumpkin vines will stretch to around thirty feet in length so the need for extra space is imperative. Once the soil is tended and properly balanced with nutrients, place pumpkin seeds at least six to eight inches in the ground and space them a foot apart at minimum, especially for large pumpkins. Keep watering every other day for four times a week. Your pumpkins should be ready anywhere from 3-6 months and if you grow them around the spring and summer, you may have some pumpkins in your garden by Halloween time.
Be sure to keep pumpkin patches in an enclosed area that will not be easy for animals and kids to mess around with. If having pest problems then use natural pesticides to keep anything from getting to your pumpkin patches. Be on the lookout for fungus which can grow easily on pumpkin patches. Potassium carbonate is a great pesticide to use when getting rid of fungal infections, but careful when spraying directly on the pumpkins or any other plant since the chemical combined with sun exposure can turn any plant yellow.