When Pilgrims arrived in the New World one of the many interesting discoveries they made was the Native American’s use of pumpkins. It is known that American Indian tribes grew pumpkins to use as food many years before European explorers arrived. In fact, information relative to pumpkins dates back many centuries. Archaeologists in Mexico discovered pumpkin fragments that date back to 7000-5500 BC. The word pumpkin originates from the Greek word “pepon”, meaning “large melon”. The word “pepon” was pronounced in different languages several ways before the American colonists called it “pumpkin”. Early Americans would slice off the pumpkin top, remove the seeds, fill it with milk, spices and syrup, and bake it for hours in hot ashes. Thus we have the first version of pumpkin pie. Settlers would also dry out slices of pumpkin and store them for later when the snow was high and food was hard to find.
Pumpkins are a good source of nutrition. They contain Vitamin A & B and potassium.
Height: 18” – 36″
Optimum Soil Ph: 6.0 to 6.5
Days To Maturity: 110
Sowing Method: Directly Outdoors
Most pumpkins, even the smaller heirloom pumpkins like Small Sugar, need a lot of room to grow. Plant in hills to allow for the most space once the soil warms to 65-70°. Plant 3-6 seeds per hill and later thin them back to the strongest 3 seedlings. Pumpkins, especially some of these heirloom pumpkins like the Mammoth Gold, can get really big with a lot of manure. If you want to grow a giant don’t hold back!