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Preparing the pumpkin patch - At some point this month, almost every pumpkin grower will finally be able to get out into the pumpkin patch to begin getting it ready for the season. It is a very important time. Everything you can do to improve and enrich the soil, will reward you in September, with more and bigger pumpkins. There are plenty of natural, organic materials and soil amendments, that you can add in ample amounts. How to improve and enrich your garden soil.Once you get out into the pumpkin patch to work and improve the soil, you will undoubtedly get the urge to start planting. You must resist that urge, if the last frost date in your area has not passed. Pumpkin plants are tender annuals. Frost will kill them. And, cold nights can stunt their growth. While you anxiously await the last frost date, you can turn your attention to cold weather crops. Seed Starting Dates
Getting your seeds this year is a little more difficult than prior years. Whatever you call it: "Lock Down", Quarantine", "Stay In Place" or "Shutdown", many of the retail stores you normally go to for seeds and garden supplies are not open. When in doubt, call them first. Many consumers are finding it safer to shop online. Online Garden Seed & Supplies.
Pumpkin Growing Tip: In addition to surfing all the online seed selling sites, contact fellow pumpkin growers and garden organizations in your area.
Giant Pumpkins- Every pumpkin grower feels the urge to grow a giant pumpkin at least once in their lives. Those who try, often are hooked for life. The challenge is huge. While there are many varieties out there, we highly recommend you look for Dill's Atlantic Giant pumpkin seeds, the granddaddy of them all. Check out the giant pumpkin growing organizations online, the ones that hold giant pumpkin weigh offs. They can be a great source of giant pumpkin seeds with great genetics, as well as different and unique seeds. Check out giant pumpkin organizations today.
Looking for unique and wacky seed varieties? There are over 100 varieties of pumpkin seeds. The trouble, is most seed manufacturers carry only a limited number of the most common varieties. While most seed companies carry abut 3-6 varieties, Livingston Seed Company markets the largest variety we've ever seen. They offer about twenty varieties, including: Jaradale(a blue pumpkin) Red Warty, Peanut, Howden, Cinderella, and many more. More on Livingston Seed Company
The Focus right now is about to turn from seed acquisition to seed germination. Will you directly sow pumpkin seeds into the garden? Or, will you start them indoors? Early starts are best begun indoors, where temperature and soil moisture can be best controlled. For bigger varieties, like the Atlantic Giant, we absolutely encourage you to start your plants indoors. Providing bottom heat with a germination mat is also recommended. It results in faster and more successful seed germination. More on Seed Germination
Test your soil. The very best gardens begin ideal soil pH and fertilizer. April is the perfect time to test you soil. Do this twice: before and after you prepare the pumpkin patch for the season. See Pumpkin Patch Soil pH.
Around the World!! We've discovered pumpkins growing on six of seven continents, all except Antarctica. Like you, gardeners of the world grow them for food and for fun.
Can you guess where this pumpkin patch is?
Pumpkins and your health... Growing pumpkins is fun. Like other gardening activities, researchers tell us its therapeutic. Eating pumpkins is healthy for you. Add a little pumpkin to your diet all year long.
See a plethora of pumpkin recipes in Pumpkin Nook's Cookbook
Todays' Quiz question: Pumpkins come in many colors. Which colors
are pumpkin colors?
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