Germ 7-10 days
Will contribute mightily to those harvest displays! Also tastes great in those winter dinners. You will encounter surprise after surprise after surprise. Most, but not necessarily all of the varieties listed below will be included and there will be a few additional varieties that are not on the list.
Pumpkins: Jack be Little, Small Sugar, Autumn Buckskin, Mammoth Gold, Yellow of Paris, Rouge vif D’Etamps, Old Zeb’s. Gourds: Crown of Thorns, Apple, Turk’s Turban, Yugoslavian Finger. Squash: Red Kuri, Gold Nugget, Jarradale, Triamble, Hubbard Essex Red, Guatemalan Blue, Galeux d’ Eysines.
Indoors- Individual biodegradable peat/cowpots 1/2”-1” deep, 3-4 weeks before last frost with soil temperature 70 degrees. Transplant 36” apart after last frost without disturbing the roots
Outdoors- 1/2”-1” deep after last frost, in warm soil at least 70 degrees. Sow a few seeds per space/hill with 24-36” between, providing the furthest spacing for the larger varieties
Harvest- When skin turns color and rinds are hard, leaving a few inches of the stem on for best storage potential.
Tips- Plant in fertile soil amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth. Fertilize on a regular basis by watering with compost tea. Turn pumpkins carefully to keep a uniform shape.