March is a great time to get pumpkins planted. Many need 100 or more days in the ground to produce a crop that is harvestable. Choose your seeds wisely, and spend some times combing through the many different types of pumpkins that are available. The following list is short at just five varieties. Later in the fall and during Halloween many people wish they had grown their own pumpkins. Now is the time to set that plan into motion. Each variety below has a Buy Seeds Here Link that reach out to three different nurseries. Explore each nursery to find exactly which types of pumpkins you want to grow. The following is a list of affordable organic gardening pumpkin options that will help you rock the party. You can easily grow them in your organic garden.
1. Turks Cap or Turban
The Turks Cap also known as Turban, comes in various color choices. It can be found in green, white, red and orange color combinations. It can trace its origin to France. It has a maturity time of about 90 days. This is a brightly colored orange pumpkin with an odd multi-stripped top that looks like a smaller striped pumpkin is melting into another pumpkin. It is great for Halloween as it can be used to enhance a standard Jack-O-Lantern. This pumpkin is available in a normal size of up to 8 pounds or as a mini pumpkin that is2-3 pounds. It is of a recommendable size and weight and will do well in any organic garden. Buy regular size seeds HERE or mini seeds Here.
2. Kentucky Knucklehead
A bright orange pumpkin with green warts. It is quite striking and makes a wonderful Jack-O-Lantern. Add other pumpkins the carving process to create something fierce. It weighs up to 16 pounds. Plant it early as it takes about 105-110 days to mature. It is a popular site in an organic garden anywhere. Buy Seeds Here:
3. Chicago Warted Hubbard
It owes its development to Chicago’s Budlong Gardens. It was officially introduced into the market by Vaughans Seed Store in the 1890s. It weighs 13 lbs and is extensively wrinkled, but one can easily make out its green color. The surface is covered in warts which makes an excellent squash to carve for Halloween. If you like squash, then we recommend mixing this squash with regular pumpkin in your pumpkin pies. Mmm, now that's good! Buy seeds here:
4. Jack Be Little
It is tiny with a weight of 8 ounces. They grow excellent on a trellis. But it’s cute and unmistakably delicious. It is common in areas that embrace organic gardening, and it makes for a top sale, especially in the fall season. As an open pollination pumpkin it is easy to grow and fertilize. Expect to harvest fruit in about 90 days. The top is shiny orange perhaps an indication of the sweet flesh inside. The Thais use it as an offering to their spirits. These cute little pumpkins are excellent for Halloween or in a Fall or Thanksgiving center piece. Buy Seeds Here:
5. Connecticut Field
The Connecticut Field is said to be hundreds of years old and is associated with the Indians and New England Settlers. It weighs approximately 20 lbs and can be used mainly for pies. The traditional Americans used to find pleasure in the sweetness of this heirloom pumpkin. It grows in a variety of oval and makes an excellent Jack-o-Lantern Buy Seeds Here:
As seen, organic gardening can be used to get the most out of Halloween. By using the above suggested pumpkins, you experience will never be the same again. Make a point to have plenty of them in your organic garden. In addition to pumpkins you can also plant gourds. Gourds are odd creations to say the least.
Growing Pumpkins and Squash
Pumpkins and squash are easy to grow here in Sacramento. They do well here in the hot summer weather and have always produced bumper crops.
Dahlia and Pumpkins
Pumpkins need to pollinated by bumblebees and or carpenter bees. Because the diameter of the blossom is so wide it takes a larger bee to pollinate the blossom. Dahlias make great flowers for bumblebees and carpenter bees as their larger size helps to support the bee.
Space is a must for pumpkins
Pumpkins and winter squash take a up a lot of space. If you are going to grow a variety of pumpkins you may have to prune them back as they will take over the garden.
Pumpkins are part of Fall
Choosing and planting your pumpkins in the next month will allow the plants to grow and produce high quality pumpkins. Thinking now about Fall harvest is a great way to have a winning crop of pumpkins come Halloween.
Pumpkins take up a lot of room. Plant them where they can sprawl. If you want to grow super large pumpkins a good tip is to choose 1-3 pumpkins per plant and then remove all of the other pumpkins as they form. Doing so will force the plant to put all of it's energy into producing those 1-3 pumpkins.
Smaller pumpkins and gourds can be trellised. Pumpkins will grow a stem that will support their weight. However, don't try to trellis large pumpkins. Even a 10 pounder can inflict damage if it falls on you.
Flowers and Pumpkins
Use flowers around your garden to help the pollinators find food. The more pollinators that you can attract the better your crop harvest will be. Flowers help other plants, and they are a joy to have in the garden.
Color, eatable, and fun
Pumpkins are actually nice to look at when they are growing. Some of the more irregular varieties are both odd and beautiful. Pumpkins are also good eating. They work well with pets and kids too.
Signs of Fall
Halloween is a wonderful holiday. One of my favorite times of year. It is also a time when the dragonflies are out in full force and that for me is a sign that fall is coming soon.
Sunflowers and Pumpkins
Few things can survive the onslaught of pumpkins. Sunflowers are one plant that does just fine amid a pumpkin patch. If you want to grow sunflowers along with your pumpkins just keep an eye out for wondering tendrils that might pull down thesunflowers.
This is my community garden at the end of harvest. Most of what you see growing are tomatoes, but that entire area was covered in pumpkins too. Think big when you grow your own pumpkins. They like a lot of room.
Most bees do not make great pumpkin pollinators. This little Halictid bee is far too small to do a great job on the giant pumpkin flowers. Larger flowers attract bigger bees which means a better pumpkin harvest.