Fall wouldn’t be fall without pumpkin pie or those big golden orbs sitting out on the front porch carved into silly and scary faces. Jack ’O Lanterns are classic agri-tainment opportunity for farmers now that choosing family pumpkins is quickly approaching the earnestness of choosing the family Christmas tree. Serious growers should try our newly added Wolf pumpkin that grows a thick sturdy stem, terrific for carving. Mountain Valley Seed has more than great carving pumpkins though; we offer loads of well-loved decorative pumpkin seed types like Red Warty Thing, Baby Boo, even organic Cinderella. Perhaps most well-known and celebrated is our Utah Giant Pumpkin Grower Association Competition Pumpkin seeds. Every year Mountain Valley Seed hosts the Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta.
Pumpkins are probably the most anticipated harvest of the fall for kids. Whether you plant a large prize winning pumpkin seeds such as Big Max a cooking pumpkin like Howden a decorative pumpkin like Jack be little or a carving pumpkin like Connecticut Field or Jack o’ lantern there will be excitement as October draws near.
Seeds can be direct planted after the risk of frost has past or if you live in colder climates they can be started indoors three weeks prior to planting. Adjust the plants to the outdoor elements for a few days prior to planting outside. Pumpkins are spreaders. But this doesn’t mean they require all that space to themselves. They share space well with corn and climbing beans. These three plants are known as the three sisters in Native American lore because they grow so well together. They like moist but not wet soil but be careful not to water them on their leaves especially at dusk. These plants are also susceptible to vine borers and squash bugs. When you scratch the pumpkin near the stem and it doesn’t immediately fill with fluid they are ready for harvest. Let them cure for 10 days before use.