Before we plant our pumpkins, we lay down black poly mulch, with drip line. The black poly warms up the soil enough to speed up harvest by 2-3 weeks, and it also improves weed control dramatically (reduces labour by over 90%), and the drip line improves water use efficiency by more than 75% reduction in irrigation water.
Seeding our pumpkins is next, with over 17 varieties, which are large to very small, orange, white, yellow, combos, bumpy or warted, and gourds too. We love our Darlings, a small upright pumpkin, great for small jacko lanterns or in pies.
It takes lots of help and co-ordination to plant nearly 3,000 pumpkin seeds on 1/2 acre of land.
This years corn maze will surround the pumpkin patch. Very cool.
George Lewko PAg, is a Professional Agrologist, with a certificate in Forensic Agrology. He grew up on his farm, and started Paintball Paradise Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1994. A combine accident left him with only his thumb on his right hand in 1997.