February 6, 2017 Lauren Dibble 0Comment

guide to growing pumpkins

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid?

This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Pumpkins should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a quick cheat sheet like this, so hopefully you’ll find it useful too!


Pumpkins take up a LOT of space and have a very long growing season, but if you have the land for them, and the patience, they are a very rewarding crop. They grow enormously and the crop you get at the end, depending on the variety, is usually pretty big. For some reason, the bigger the vegetable, the more satisfied I am. Maybe that’s how the biggest vegetable entries in State Fairs got started. Then, when you harvest them, you can eat the flesh, the seeds and carve them up for jack-o-lanterns. That’s three uses for them! Can’t beat that!

Once you’ve harvested your pumpkins, check out my post on how to preserve them and some delicious recipes to use it up!

For great watermelon seeds, check out Seeds for Generations.

Soil pH



6-8 hours


1 inch per week

Planting Time

Direct sow when soil is 70ºF or more

Compatible With

Marjoram, Tropaeolum, Oregano, Dill, Corn, Beans, Melon

Avoid Planting With



6 feet


Mulch, fertilize, slip a thin board under fruit to protect it.

Harvesting Fruit

Harvest when solid orange and the rind is hard (usually 75-100 days)

Saving The Seeds

Rinse the seeds in a colander, choose the biggest seeds and dry on a paper towel for a week before storing.

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