- Step 1: Choose a sunny spot Choose a sunny location with good drainage and plenty of space for the vines to stretch out.
- Step 2: Test the soil Test the soil for a pH of 6.5 to 6.8 and add lime or granulated fertilizer as necessary.
- Step 3: Apply manure Apply cow or horse manure before transplanting the seedlings, and add mulch with straw or grass clippings to prevent weeds.
- Step 4: Plant every few feet Plant each seedling 5 to 6 feet apart with rows spaced 6 to 8 feet apart to prevent vines from getting tangled and to prevent the pumpkins from being crowded.
- TIP: Cultivate your seedlings indoors in small pots before the final frost if you live in a northern climate and want to get a jump on the growing season.
- Step 5: Water consistently Water once a week on a consistent schedule but check the soil moisture every few days if you're unsure how quickly your garden drains.
- TIP: Water in the morning or early afternoon to allow the leaves to dry and avoid fungal growth and other diseases from developing.
- Step 6: Harvest Harvest your pumpkins when they turn a deep shade of orange and the rind has turned very hard and rubbery.
- FACT: In 2009, the largest jack-o'-lantern ever had been carved from a 1,469-pound pumpkin.
You Will Need
- A sunny spot
- A soil test kit
- Granulated fertilizer
- Organic mulch
- Pumpkin seeds
- Small pots (optional)