Pumpkin Patch

You cannot imagine my relief when it was confirmed to me that pumpkins do not need a tilled up, pristine garden bed to thrive.  My garden is already going to have more plants than I initially planned for.  Pumpkins grow up huge and vine-y, and cover up anything in their way.  They would swallow the garden whole!  So this past weekend we found a spot and planted our pumpkins.  We have thee little patches of regular carving pumpkins, one of smaller eating pumpkins, and another patch for squash.  I put 2-3 plants per patch, and now we pretty much sit back and watch them grow.

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We gave them potting soil and put hay around them but otherwise pumpkins do take care of themselves pretty well.  And they are so rewarding!  A pumpkin can be food or decoration, and a single plant can produce several pumpkins.  Definitely a sound investment and so easy.  If you plant nothing else this spring, I recommend a little pumpkin patch.

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