Well Mother Nature is certainly throwing us some curves with the weather this spring again, especially in terms of precipitation and saturated fields.
Taking my experience from previous years I’ve come up with a few suggestions for your own successful pumpkin patch.
Drainage: If you have the ability to “hill” your seed bed this will keep the seed from getting saturated. Raised beds and box planters work well for this.
Transplants: If your ground is still too wet, you can start your pumpkin plants now in small pots or seedling trays, to get a head start on the season.
If you are direct seeding, remember, 2 – 3 seeds per hill. If you have older or untreated seed, I would even increase that number. You can always thin them out when weeding.
Space: More plants are not necessarily better. Make sure you give adequate growing room for your plants.
This year Rondriso Farms is going into our 8th season of growing pumpkins! Each year we try to do something new to improve on our Pumpkin Patch and adapt to Mother Nature’s demands.
The one thing we have learned is no two years are alike which makes you think out of the box and improve on methods that maybe worked on one year, but aren’t necessarily the right techniques for this year! We are constantly reminding ourselves of our environment and keeping our farm sustainable for future generations (We have 3 boys!)
At Rondriso Farms sustainability means good soil heath. That starts with our cattle and compost. We rotate crops and manure applications to rejuvenate organic matter levels and provide humus for earth worms and microbes that help battle disease and give the crops a fighting chance!
As with your garden it is important to keep your organic matter levels up! That means no insecticides, soil fumigants, and stay away from the harmful fertilizers! Make sure you replenish your soil with compost or well-rotted manure and supplement micronutrients with naturally based fertilizers.
We apply safe and sustainable practices to all our crops on our farm, from our naturally raised beef, pumpkin patch, to our delicious sweet corn, potatoes, carrots and other assorted farm fresh vegetables. Even our hay customers complement us on how well their animals do on their Rondriso Farms hay diet!
That’s all for now. Let’s keep an eye on the barometer and cross our fingers for lots of May sunshine and heat units!!!!