Monday, June 11, 2007

Low Water Giant Pumpkin Growing Tips!
Good evening, Growers!
Now that most of you have your seedlings in the ground, and will soon be in the thick of the season, I thought that it would be timely to review some low water giant pumpkin growing tips and techniques, and to elaborate why they are important and will help you achieve better results at the same time.
  • Grow your seedlings and giant pumpkin vines in a well-prepared mound. This will allow you to concentrate water and nutrients to your vine in the most efficient manner.
  • Water early in the morning. Not only will this allow the vine or seedling the maximum amount of time to uptake water before the heat of the day, it will also reduce evaporation in the cool of the morning. I use an inexpensive, battery-operated timer on a soaker hose.
  • Remember to mulch around your seedling. This will reduce the amount of water, fertilizer and control weeds. Plus, mulching will help regulate and moderate soil temperature fluctuations. A 3"-4" deep layer of organic matter should work for most growers.
  • Weed your patch. Weeds will rob your vine of valuable water and nutrients.
If you have any additional suggestions, please let me know. I'll be happy to post them!
Have a great evening!