Question about pumpkins

flyin-lowe

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My wife wants me to plant some of the pumpkin seeds that are supposed to be really big. Not sure where I am going to put them as my garden is basically full and I assume they will vine and grow out pretty big. The pack I bought only as 5 seeds and the guys said to only let one pumpkin per plant to grow if we are wanting large ones. I was thinking about planting one on each side of the outside of my garden along the fence. Once on each side. I have never messed with them and didn't know if there was a way to somewhat control which way they go so I can keep them growing along the fence or will they take off what ever direction they want. I am assuming I can just break up the soil in a small area where I plant the seed and then let them grow on top of my grass? They don't have to be inside the fence in the tilled portion of my garden do they? The fenced in garden is 25x25. I also have three rows of sweet corn that is already about 12 inches tall. Would it be possible to plant them pumpkins in with the corn now?
 

lazy gardener

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Um... I strongly advise against this. Those vines will travel about 15 - 20', and the leaves will be at least 12" diameter, and each leaf will sit about 1 - 2' above the soil. they will climb everything in their path, and shade everything in their path. You have to be very pro-active to get a giant pumpkin by providing plenty of water and fertilizer, and they are not good for much other than bragging rights. Just my opinion!
 

flyin-lowe

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Thanks for the info. If I till up a small area for the seeds and just plant them along the back of my property somewhere that I can still water them, I am assuming the will just grow on top of the ground from there? I don't want to till up a large area just for these?
 

Mezzer

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I did that one year, I am doing pumpkins again this year. I kept it on a slow drip and fish fertilizer. :)
 

henryraven86

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My wife wants me to plant some of the pumpkin seeds that are supposed to be really big. Not sure where I am going to put them as my garden is basically full and I assume they will vine and grow out pretty big. The pack I bought only as 5 seeds and the guys said to only let one pumpkin per plant to grow if we are wanting large ones. I was thinking about planting one on each side of the outside of my garden along the fence. Once on each side. I have never messed with them and didn't know if there was a way to somewhat control which way they go so I can keep them growing along the fence or will they take off what ever direction they want. I am assuming I can just break up the soil in a small area where I plant the seed and then let them grow on top of my grass? They don't have to be inside the fence in the tilled portion of my garden do they? The fenced in garden is 25x25. I also have three rows of sweet corn that is already about 12 inches tall. Would it be possible to plant them pumpkins in with the corn now?
Yes you can grow them with your corn and it's quite easy to train them the way you want them to grow just make sure they get enough water and sun.
 

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