Sunday, August 4, 2013
Sunday Reading - OMG Pumpkins
However this year I learned something new. Pumpkins will root their vines just like strawberries in a way and continue to spread until you physically stop them. I honestly did not know pumpkins would do that. In my own defense however I only remember planting pumpkins once when I was a child and my grandfather put in a bunch down in one of his bottom fields. He let them grow until October and then we went out and picked them and gave them away and piled em high. It was kinda fun for a child.
Perhaps this vine rooting thing is common knowledge to some but I didn't research pumpkin growing I just ordered some seeds and put them in the ground next to my watermelons. I gave em a good 10 or 15 foot expansion area to either side of their raised row as well. The pumpkins filled that space inside of a month.
Well the watermelons are being seriously colonized now and even the tobacco plants are being threatened.
Oh well live and learn. Next time I plant pumpkins I now know to give them an area all their own and enforce their border with high security. As long as I don't have a Liberal mindset that should be easy enough to do.
At this point I have no idea how many pumpkins I have out there. It looks like hundreds to be honest. I also have no idea what I am going to do with them and I think a few are already ripe. There are several big orange ones visible from the edge of the pumpkin jungle already.
Like the cucumbers and melons the bees really love the pumpkin blooms in the morning so even if I have hundreds of unwanted pumpkins planting them was not a waste.
I just had no idea pumpkins would grow so well here.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!