What things make for a good location for a giant pumpkin patch
- Pick a place with level ground
- An area with full sunlight and has good drainage
- A place with easy access to tend to the pumpkin and move it at the end of the season
- Anywhere you can let a pumpkin grow
- Vines can be controlled by cutting them to prevent further growth
What area can I grow a giant pumpkin in?
Well, the answer to that is, anywhere. Anywhere you have spare space. Of course, the bigger the area the better as the vines can take up a lot of room. If you do only have a small area available to grow them don’t let this put you off. I have grown them in a very small area and have had good results.
Site locations – Consider the following
- Try and get a location where the ground is level and drains well
- A location that can get full sunlight throughout the day is best
- A place that has had good organic material already broken down is an ideal spot
Once you have the spot already decided on there are some other things you should think about:
- How easy it is to access, for moving and tending to the plant
- How close you are to a water supply
- Are you able to provide shade to the fruit later on in the season?
- Will the vines get in the way, or take over other plants?
These are all important things to think about before planting as once it is in the ground you are usually committed to that location, unless, of course you rip the plant out.
I’ve known some people who have planted giant pumpkins into a container or an old water trough, I’d advise against this as the roots have nowhere to go really and will become root bound causing the plant not to grow at it’s best. A better option would be to plant them in a normal garden, even if it is small and prune the vines as they grow.
Once you have worked all this out, the next thing to think about is making sure the soil is all prepared before planting, I cover this in the next section of the how to guide.