Well the last time I was active here my son was not born yet and now that he will be 2 and 1/2 during growing season, I pledged I would get back on the gardening/pumpkin growing horse.
It felt weird taking him to a local farm to pick last year since I dropped out of the pumpkin scene when he was an infant.
Now, I decided I would use my little buddy for labor (moving sprinklers,etc). And I need to refill my brain with pumpkin knowledge for a good crop.
I remember seeing little hills on the farm. I never bothered with this in my little suburban crop. I believe you plant the seeds on the hills but what happens afterward. Do you balance the fruit (once they set) on the hills so they don't lay around in puddles?
What are raised rows or plastic covers? I realize I am going to make a real effort and grow in straight lines; are they part of this process?
Southern NJ/outside of Phila, any recommendations for sure-fire varieties that I can avoid the squash borers with? Any other co-habitational flowers or varieties which grow nicely around pumpkin rows to pretty up the joint? I tried watermelon last time and got nothing.
Is it okay to grow on grass? When I let everything grow back last year, my grass actually filled in. Can I make my little hills on the grass and just leave the remaining nice grass? (After the snow melts, of course)
Anything organic-ish, I can work into the planting hills to make my sandy/loamy NJ dirt more pumpkin-able?
Thank you so much. I am so excited I am writing this before pitchers and catchers report!!! I want to be ready this time. Any local folks recommend a planting date to aim for? Or a weekend I can mark on the calendar and do a "wait and see" with?
I love this forum