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2020 thread: 2020 pumpkin growers thread

Seed catalogs are out and its time to start ordering again!

I decided after the lousy year last year it was time to reset my garden, so I'm going to be fairly limited this year. We're sheet composting the entire garden. It's just after the major upheaval of building the path and fire pit, which saw lots of digging and churning in our garden area, the soil just isn't the same. A lot of sand and road base got mixed in over there, so I'm starting over.

That said, I'm going to try an old method we used at the farm for squash when we'd had bad years, but I'll get more into that when we get there.

I'm going to be trying some of these squash, with the intent try to carve some and eat some.



And for my giant trials this year, going to try Big Max. They seem similar enough to the Big Moose to be what we want, but much easier to find.
 

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2020 thread: 2020 pumpkin growers thread

Seed catalogs are out and its time to start ordering again!

I decided after the lousy year last year it was time to reset my garden, so I'm going to be fairly limited this year. We're sheet composting the entire garden. It's just after the major upheaval of building the path and fire pit, which saw lots of digging and churning in our garden area, the soil just isn't the same. A lot of sand and road base got mixed in over there, so I'm starting over.

That said, I'm going to try an old method we used at the farm for squash when we'd had bad years, but I'll get more into that when we get there.

I'm going to be trying some of these squash, with the intent try to carve some and eat some.



And for my giant trials this year, going to try Big Max. They seem similar enough to the Big Moose to be what we want, but much easier to
Construction is messy ~ no matter how hard you try to keep everything organized.

Harvest Moon is dreamy. Best of luck growing this year.

It seems I got myself roped into a growing competition with a few friends. Which is funny because I hate doing things like that. But before I could say NO a giant pumpkin seed was given to me. I don't even know what kind of seed it is. Its inside this envelope & I guess we will find out
 

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I might actual try and grow some pumpkins this year. I would love to grow some mini ones anyone have some seeds they like best for these ?
I think Jack be Little's are probably the easiest minis to grow. They can grow in a container, and do well with a trellis or along the ground.


If you need to save space, I've had great luck with Lil Pumpkemon. The grew more as a semi bush, only about 5' long vine but lost of little buggers on it.

 

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I think Jack be Little's are probably the easiest minis to grow. They can grow in a container, and do well with a trellis or along the ground.


If you need to save space, I've had great luck with Lil Pumpkemon. The grew more as a semi bush, only about 5' long vine but lost of little buggers on it.

great thank you i am going to give these both a try
 
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I'm not on this thread usually but last summer I posted that I had LOTS of vine and flowers almost no pumpkins. A few years back it was suggested to hand pollinate which I did last summer. Still not many fruit compared to vine. Someone suggested that I need something more added to my soil to help with setting fruit. The squash beds were chicken poop mixed with a little composted hay litter mixed with our more clay like soil. During the growing season gardens get water from the duck pools, so lots of duck and goose poop over the growing season. Was able to get semi composted horse manure layered over the beds 2 weeks ago. What else can we try to get more pumpkins. I'm in the PNW, I looked it up growing zone 8b I have mostly shade but do my best to plant where I get the most sun.
 

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I'm betting it's the PNW causing your issues more than soil conditions. Are you looking for jacks, pie, or mini varieties?

Pumpkins are a little finnicky on setting fruit due to weather conditions. I'm usually battling it being too hot, but PNW can be battling the opposite problem.

Reading around, it looks like getting them to ripen is an issue up yonder as well.

Given that, I'd say the best bets are:

For Jacks:
Ol Zeb's if you can find them. Developed in Canada for colder weather. Not the greatest stems for using as a handle, but up to 30lb size in the north.
Neon Pumpkins. Developed for a super short grow season. They are yellow to orange from the get go. (basketball sized)
Racer Pumpkins. New Hampshire variety specifically going for yields in the North. (usually basketball sized)

For Pie:
New England Pie. Again, cool weather specialist

For Minis:
Jack Be Littles, again. Maybe even specifically in a container in a sunny spot.
 
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Thanks... I'm into the craving and decorating kind. About the only thing I've gotten any number of has been the Jack be little kinds. Love the Cinderellas... of course my Chiro's neighbor threw an old "melting" Halloween one in his horse manure pile one Nov and had more then he knew what to do with by next Sept. The horses were gorging themselves on them. I also have a fondness for the bumpy warty ones and white too, but never had any luck with them.

Yes our weather is a bear to deal with, temps can vary wildly within a few miles. I live in the western side of the cascade foothills and the micro climates are hard to deal with. What gets me is 5 miles west of me is a farmer who grows acres of pumpkins. Another couple of farmers to the south of me grow acres and acres of them. They reseed most of their fields by plowing under the pumpkins that didn't make it to market. About the only thing I can figure is their fields get more sun or heat... alas there's nothing I can do to improve that.
 
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