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January 17th, 2011, 11:40 PM
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Any advise? I want to plant some so we can have for Halloween When do I start?
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January 18th, 2011, 05:23 AM
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I planted ONE seed last year and it about took over my entire back yard! I finally had to start trimming it back. We ended up with 11 medium sized pumpkins and the kids had a great time growing them. The only advice I have is to plant with manure, water until established and during dry spells and sit back and watch it take over. I plan on doing it again this year.
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January 18th, 2011, 07:14 AM
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^when did you start planting it!

Last year I tried and it never grew much. My son wants me to try again this year.
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January 18th, 2011, 07:25 AM
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^when did you start planting it!

Last year I tried and it never grew much. My son wants me to try again this year.
I planted it in mid May I think. It didn't take long to grow. We also grew some GIANT sunflowers. I swear by composted horse manure.
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January 18th, 2011, 01:41 PM
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hmm...maybe I should invest in some manure this year.

None of my pumpkins/squash grew last year and I started in may/june too but they were maybe an a foot in Sept.
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January 18th, 2011, 02:30 PM
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Are in in FL as your profile says? You may want to start them earlier, before it gets too hot.

Okay, here is something that I found: "Pumpkins require three to four months to grow and mature so planting them on July 4th is customary for harvesting for Halloween, however pumpkins that are planted at this time are more susceptible to disease and pests because of the high humidity and temperatures. Planting them August 1st will yield mature pumpkins at Thanksgiving. The best pumpkin planting time in Florida is March and April, but these will produce pumpkins way too early for Halloween."
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January 19th, 2011, 09:43 AM
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Well that explains why my pumpkins never grew. I am going to do research on this. I really want to have pumpkins this year and got bumped when the last two years were failures.

Do you have pics of your pumpkin patch? I would like to see how big they grow?
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January 19th, 2011, 02:34 PM
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My "patch"

Here you can see a few of my giant sunflowers. Pardon the mess. This was a first year planting area and I mostly let my boys decide what went where. They had a lot of fun with it.


Here is more of a close up. ONE PLANT!!! At one point I said I would not cut it back just to see how big it would get but it just got too out of control!
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January 20th, 2011, 10:21 AM
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Wow, how pretty. Daniel would go nuts if he saw that pumpkin patch grow in his yard.

This was how big mine grew. I started in a planter then I planted it in the ground and it got a little more bigger than this then it died pretty much.

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