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Old 02-13-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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We finally got a house with some acreage and im doing a pumpkin patch this year. I have been driving the wife nuts all winter trying to decide what varieties im going to grow . Her garden of course is simple (Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers) While i have been plotting and planning pond construction close to it for water supply. Heres the list so far:

Pik A Pie, Goldrush, Big Autumn, 2 Dill Giants, Lumina

And i will probably pick up a order of the Appalachian F1, its another Semi Bush variety like the Pik A Pie but pumpkins range from 15-25 pounds.... The patch will be around a acre. Will post pictures when the new tilling begins
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:29 AM   #2
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Heres some pictures of how things are progressing. The Pumpkin Patch
Varieties will be : Solid Gold, Pik-A-Pie, Touch of Autumn, Big Autumn, Lumina, Appalachian F1, Goldrush, and 1056.6 Bryson (Giant Pumpkin)Home & Garden


Then Jen's vegetable garden. The tomatoes and Peppers are already started in the green house. Also there will be SM 80 Cucumbers, White Half Runner Beans, Cantaloupe, and possibly acorn squash. Home & Garden


Irrigation will be a 1/8th acre goldfish pond in between the two. Hope everyone has a good year this year!
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Nice. Will you be selling pumpkins to the public or strictly wholesale?

What'll be your remedy to control weed growth?
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Nice. Will you be selling pumpkins to the public or strictly wholesale?

What'll be your remedy to control weed growth?
Havent decided yet on either side. This is a new property for me so im going to spray as i go. Im always on the organic side of things. Selling them im not sure what licenses i would have to get to be able to. I would prefer public and we also roast our seeds have people always offering to buy them. I will keep posting pictures as the process goes on
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pendog66, congrats on getting a house with enough land to grow large gardens. Those sites look good! Good luck with your pumpkins and good luck to your wife with her veggies and hopefully this will be and average year for precip. You've got a great start with the right brand of dog!
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Never grew pumpkins, but do you start them in early spring like other vegetable plants or wait till later?
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pendog66, congrats on getting a house with enough land to grow large gardens. Those sites look good! Good luck with your pumpkins and good luck to your wife with her veggies and hopefully this will be and average year for precip. You've got a great start with the right brand of dog!

Thanks. She loves it out here, she had her first run in with a turkey this morning. I wish i would of got it on film it was hilarious.

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Never grew pumpkins, but do you start them in early spring like other vegetable plants or wait till later?
And the pumpkins i will start in mid May. So the harvest will be around the end of September or later. I have started them with the tomatoes and peppers before and had to harvest them in july and august lol

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Looking Good nate, who did your tilling? You find a neighbor with a tiller or buy one?

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Looking Good nate, who did your tilling? You find a neighbor with a tiller or buy one?

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I have a tiller but i brought up the tractor from Jackson. It took a whopping 20 minutes with it lol.
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The first till looks good, will be tilling up the rest of the patch this week. Heres a pic of my son today standing on the east side of the patchHome & Garden
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Ended up planting Solid Gold, Appalachian F1, Goldrush (Thanks Monins), Big Autumn, Hybrid Howden's (50lbs and up), Pik-A-Pie, Touch of Autumn, Lumina and Conn. Field Pumpkins.


They are all starting to pop up in the garden, they were planted June 2nd. I got out early yesterday morning and planted my Competition Giant Pumpkins. 220, 270, 870, and my prize seed 871 Wolf! Heres the seedlings in the ground. They were started in Peat PotsHome & Garden Home & Garden Home & Garden Home & Garden
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That looks awesome,I'm very envious . My garden consists of an earth box with 3 hybrid habaneros and 3 Hungarian yellow wax peppers. It's not much but It's a start .

Are you growing any chili peppers?

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That looks awesome,I'm very envious . My garden consists of an earth box with 3 hybrid habaneros and 3 Hungarian yellow wax peppers. It's not much but It's a start .

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I only did sweet and green bell peppers. On the land i actually have 3 gardens. The pumpkin patch, a 20x50 vegetable garden that has Spacemaster 80 cucumbers and White half runner beans, and a space about the size of my truck that has Peppers.

Also along the west side of the patch i have 8 rows of corn and 4 rows of bush green beans.

I was contacted by a seed developer from NY a couple days ago and he is sending me some experimental Powdery Mildew Resistant 90 day Pumpkins that run 30-60 pounds. They should be in tomorrow.


I will post updated pictures later today

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Pics of the Giant pumpkins
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Field Pumpkins for Sale in Oct. (Over 900 plants in the patch)
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So cool you have a pumpkin patch! Keep the updates coming.
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havent updated in a while. A portion of the patch i found out has poor soil and the ground cracks badly. And with the drought i was really questioning whether or not i would have any marketable fruit. Now everything is beginning to set fruit. Gold Rush and Solid Gold have been the main producers. Roughly 50-100 fruit have been set already with more on the way. Heres a couple pics.

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This year has really opened my eyes and i know what i want to grow next year. I also have a experimental pumpkin variety in its own small garden. 4 plants that i will post pics and updates for. Looking great so far but i dont want to jinx anything!
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Nice... wish I had the room to grown them
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Nice... wish I had the room to grown them
Depending on how much space you have there are varieties you can grow. The Solid Gold are semi vining variety that my longest vine is roughly 5 feet. If your really strapped for space the Appalachian F1 could be perfect for you. They dont get much bigger than a Summer Squash plant. Produces up to 25 lb pumpkins and only gets about 3 ft long

2bseeds has the Appalachian seeds the cheapest. 5 bucks total for 25 treated seeds
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will have to give them some very serious thought into next season's garden.
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will have to give them some very serious thought into next season's garden.
if you decide over winter you want to let me know. I will have plenty of seeds to choose from and will be free
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