|They’re the most recognizable symbols of fall, but pumpkins are more than just pretty decorations.
You haven’t lived until you have made a homemade pumpkin pie from pumpkin you grew in your own garden.
How to Grow Pumpkins
To grow a pumpkin vine, the first thing you need is space. A single hill with just 2-3 plants can cover 50 to 100 square feet, but by using the square foot gardening method you can grow your own pumpkins in as little as 3 square feet, provided you use a sturdy trellis system and train your vines to grow upward.
You need to know that pumpkin plants don’t like cold. They won’t germinate in cold weather and the tender seedlings will damage easily in frost so you don’t want to start pumpkin seeds outside until the danger of frost has passed for your area.
To plant pumpkin seeds, You will want to dig a hole in the center of your square foot space and mound the soil in the center to create a hill and a trench around it. The hill will help to warm the seed and the trench will help to keep plenty of water coming to the roots. Plant the seed according to the directions on the seed package, generally to a depth of about 1”.