Planting Sugar Pumpkins

It’s that time of year when fall planting arrives and everything begins to kind of switch gears.

I’m getting a head start because fall gardening is one of my favorite  it happens planting seasons.  It’s cooler and we have a little bit more rainfall which means the plants just do better.

I decided to begin with Sugar Pumpkins, these are perfect for carving and cooking so I’m really excited about moving forward.

Preparing Good Soil

Prior to planting it’s important to remember existing or even newer planting areas will need to be fertilized.

Your soil is the key to your success and fertilizing between the planting seasons is one of the most common mistakes new gardeners make. It’s not enough to put a seed in the ground and hope for the best. Feeding the soil is a continuous process that never ends.

Some of the easiest ways to do this is through adding direct compost and animal manure.

This bed was prepped months prior to planting and the weeds were removed just a couple days ago; it’s now ready for seeds.

Planting Pumpkins

The first year on our farm we planted pumpkins too early and we found ourselves harvesting them in July and August.

After checking my planting records and the recommended dates for pumpkins in our area I realized I still had time to get these in the ground so we could enjoy a fall harvest.

How I Plant Pumpkins

Planting started in that raised bed beginning with establishing mounds.  This example helps maintain the water better over rows.

After breaking up the soil, use a hoe and build circular mounds then make an indent on the top that looks similar to an erupted volcano.

The indent is where you water, it seeps through the mound keeping everything moist.

The seeds are planted in a triangle pattern around the outside of that indent by placing two seeds per hole.

Remember to water everyday and germination should be pretty quick.


  1. Helen Fern says:

    Yeah!! Territorial seeds is from my neck of the woods!! Great post – pinning!

    1. Awesome! I grew up in Washington state and a friend introduced me to that seed company. Love it and thanks for stopping by always nice to hear from new readers. -Carole

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