Growing pumpkins can be a fascinating experience providing you have the time and plenty of room – a single plant can cover over 500 square feet!
Sunlight: Full sun
Maturity: 85-125 days
Height: 1.5 to 3 feet
Spacing: 2 to 5 feet apart, 6 to 10 feet between rows
This annual warm-season vegetable is available in an array of attractive varieties, some of which don’t resemble pumpkins at all. They also dish up some powerful nutritional perks like vitamins A, E and C, along with minerals like phosphorous, calcium and potassium. A member of the Cucurbitaceae family, the pumpkin is closely related to squash, melons and gourds.
Fact: In 1996, Harold Baird of Kinburn, Ontario grew four pumpkins – weighing 774, 686, 652, and 603 – on a single vine! (more…)