How can I grow a successful pumpkin garden with my kids?
Hi, Pumpkins are easy to grow. They just need a lot of space to ramble, full sun (at least 6 to 8 hours a day) and plenty of rich soil. These guys are heavy feeders so amend your soil with rotted manure, compost or other types of organic matter. Plant the seeds after frost danger in your area is over. In Indiana, you'll probably be safe planting after May 15. Plant three or four seeds, spacing them several inches apart, in a cluster. Space your clusters four or five feet apart. That should be about it except to keep them watered during dry spells. Keep an eye on the plants in early summer because they can attract a number of pests such as cucumber beetle and squash bug. To prevent them from killing your crop you may need to dust or spray your pumpkins with a general purpose insecticide that lists these pests on the label. If these bugs are prevalent in your area, a application may be necessary. It just depends if these pests show up, but IF you see them begin a spray program right away.