Pumpkins prefer a location with full sun, sheltered from the wind. Soil pH of 6.5-7.0 is recommended. Soil should also be deeply tilled, high in humus and have adequate moisture. Fertilizer, fed in abundant and balanced amounts, will produce gigantic-sized specimens.
Get a head start on spring by starting the seeds indoors in 4" peat pots about 2-3 weeks before the last spring frost or plant 2-3 seeds in each hill after last spring frost date. Space hills 15-20 feet apart. When plants are 3-4 inches high, thin to one plant per hill. Choose the strongest, healthiest plant. After the first pumpkin Is set, remove all other fruit which may appear during the course of the growing season.
For more information, see Don Langevin's How to Grow Books".
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