But for some pumpkin lovers, it is possible to grow, harvest, treat and keep your own at home. First, you need pumpkins. Santee area offers these patches and fields.
Now that you know where to find the best pumpkins this fall, here’s more information.
When: the pumpkins are ripe For their optimal size, cut them from the vine with a sharp knife or garden shovel, advises Harvest to Table. First, attach a 3-6 inch stalk to the fruit to protect the pumpkin from disease and insect attacks.
Slide your hand under the pumpkin, the stem is intact, and take them away from the vine. Clean the pumpkin with soapy water to remove the soil to kill pathogenic bacteria on the surface. Harvest to Table says to use one part bleach to 10 parts water.
Put the pumpkin in a warm place at 80-85 degrees, it should work in 10-14 days, says Harvest to Table.
Keeping a pumpkin
For people who have already completed all of the above steps in 2021, it may be time to stock up on pumpkins before they show up in the fall.
Store at about 50 degrees Celsius, about 60 percent humidity, according to Harvest to Table. A roof or garage can be an ideal place. Do not allow the pumpkins to touch.
Properly covered, it will withstand a great deal of adverse conditions for up to two to three months.
We envisage 2022
It is too late to start growing pumpkin this year, but starting this process next spring could lead to some orange beauties in the fall of 2022.
Not only large pumpkin fields produce traditional orange fruits. Pumpkins can grow in the usual buttocks as well, but only if there is enough space.
Pumpkins are often referred to as “garden gorillas,” say HGTV horticultural experts in the Pumpkin Growing Guide. The vine of large plants spreads և expands throughout the growing season, like a watermelon. They grow fast, and if they do not, they can produce other plants.
It is known that the gardeners of the yard glued pumpkin plants to the edges of the vegetable garden, although some allowed their pumpkin vines to rotate in the yard.
The best ways to plant a pumpkin
Pumpkin seeds should be planted in rows or “pumpkin hills”, so the soil will warm faster, reports Almanac.com. Dig 12-15 inches into the ground, plant the seeds in the hills for 1 inch, and spread the hills 4-8 feet apart.
When the plants reach a height of 2-3 inches, thin 2-3 hills per hill, cutting off the unwanted plants.
Pumpkins should be planted in May or early June, after the last spring frosts.