June 7th, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Whatever else it is—squash zone, gourd garden, cucurbit corner—I will always refer to it as my Pumpkin Patch.
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Each hill consists of a wheelbarrow’s worth of screened topsoil and organic compost set upon a piece of plain brown cardboard as a weed barrier. The hills are about three feet in diameter and about a foot high. I planted about 7 seeds per hill and will thin to three or four of the strongest seedlings.
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The next phase of the project is mulching between the hills. I’m going to cover the space between the hills with several sheets of wet newspaper and a very thick layer of old hay. I bought ten bales from a local farmer for very cheap.

I ought to consider some kind of row covers for my seedlings when they emerge.

Here’s what I planted: Small Sugar pumpkin, Butternut squash, Zeppelin Delicata squash, Jack-o-lantern pumpkin, Blue Ballet squash, Marina de Chiogga squash, Big Max pumpkin, Atlantic Giant pumpkin, and a smattering of little ornamental gourds.
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