Selecting Your Giant Pumpkin PatchFinding the best place to grow your giant pumpkins
How Big Should my Giant Pumpkin Patch Be?
The simple answer is as much as you can provide.
Top growers will have a patch around 900 square feet per plant. That’s around 82 square meters.
Don’t let patch size put you off growing a giant pumpkin. I’ve grown in very tiny areas and produced a pumpkin.
Pumpkin Patch for Everyone
No matter where you are you can grow a giant pumpkin. The more space you have available the better. But I’ve grown pumpkins in small areas
A small home garden I grew one of my first giant pumpkins in
Consider the Following for your Patch
No matter the size of your patch you should consider the following aspects.
You want to be able to access your pumpkin patch. Firstly to tend to it during the season. And to move the pumpkin at the end of the season.
Level ground makes it easier to work on. Allows the pumpkin to grow without a sideways force which could cause problems. Uneven ground could cause leeaching of nutrients away from the plants root system.
Full sunlight throughout the day
Giant pumpkin plants love sunlight. Having a location that gets sunlight all day or as much as possible will help.
Good free draining soil
Having soil that won’t get water logged is ideal. Any water that pools could starve the plant to be starved of oxygen.
Free draining and non compacted soil allows for easier root growth and expansion. This is why growers will use walking boards in large pumpkin patches.
Nutrient rich soil
Ideally you want your soil to be balanced and have nutrients ready to feed your pumpkin. I talk about this more in the soil prep section. But compost piles or sites used to grow other things could be an option for some.
Access to water
Pumpkin plants love water. Making sure you have access to water for your pumpkin patch is a must.
You can’t rely on just rainfall. This can be hard if your only supply is tank water.
My small giant pumpkin patch I name tiny patch. This is around 2 square meteres of soil. With the vines growing out onto a small amount of pavers. This was able to produce a 92kg pumpkin.
Other Notes Around Pumpkin Patch Selection
The points outlined above are all important. Having as many of those sorted as possible is advised.
Not everyone has access to the land for a full sized patch.
Grow with what you have access to.
But remember. Grow in soil. Giant pumpkin plants grown in large pots or troughs will get rootbound and not produce any fruit worth mentioning.
Some growers overseas will travel 1 – 2 hours a day just to get to their pumpkin patch.
A larger area I had dug up for a pumpkin patch
Part of Tim’s raised pumpkin patch. Which has produced multiple NZ record breaking pumpkins.
My Tiny Patch 2.0 is in my back yard and is work in progress. So far it’s produced a 83kg pumpkin.
Jareds smaller pumpkin patch was able to produce pumpkins over 500kg.
Aarons patch was able to produce a 700+ kg pumpkin.