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Post  auburndrgn on 4/7/2013, 7:41 pm

Hi everyone -
We have grown a pumpkin plant each year in our enclosed garden structure, but as you know they take up a great deal of space. This year we would like to try to grow some larger varieties, so trellising I think is out of the question. I am in the process of building a dedicated bed for the plants. I was given a bunch of used pallets and assorted "scrap" lumber that I am re-purposing. We would like to grow at least 4 plants, more if we can. Currently the new bed consists of a base made from two of the pallets (with gopher wire covering the bottoms) and 18" tall plywood sides. I am debating if I really need to add a third pallet. The seed packets vary from 6ft to 9ft "thin to" spacing. How many plants do you think are safe for this size, or do I need to add the third 4x4 pallet?
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Post  cheyannarach on 4/7/2013, 10:08 pm

I think you could grow at least 4 in that area with just the two pallets!
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Post  auburndrgn on 4/7/2013, 10:56 pm

awesome! Thank you!
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Post  quiltbea on 4/7/2013, 11:36 pm

Welcome to the forum.
Its the vines on the plant that take up all the room, not the root zones. If you have space around your pallets for those vines to wander, you should be fine.


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Post  auburndrgn on 4/7/2013, 11:49 pm

I need to try to keep them in the planter or the gophers or our pet turtles will eat them. Maybe I could trellis part of the vines until the female flowers appear, then run them back to rest on the soil?
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Post  quiltbea on 4/7/2013, 11:55 pm

I know you can cut off the growing tips. If you have a tiny fruit or two on the vine, you can remove the tips to keep it from growing longer and just put strength into developing the fruits.
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Post  auburndrgn on 4/8/2013, 12:01 am

I'll give that a try, thank you!
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Post  daisy0606 on 4/9/2013, 5:24 pm

I have a pumpkin question too so figured I'd ask it here cause it seems to go with the postings. I have read here that you can put vines out of the box. I also believe it is one pumpkin plant/ 2 square feet. Here is my question....

With the left over wood from a 4X 6 bed I made a small 2X2 bed. On one side the bed is about 1.5 feet from the other bed, on another side it is about 4-5 feet from anything growing (just dirt cause I removed all grass and weeds from this entire section of yard) and then nothing but grass and weeds for a few more feet, on another side nothing growing for a couple feet then just grass and weeds for a few more feet and on the 4th side it is bordered by cement.

Do you think I could grow two baby pam pumpkin plants in that bed or should I stick to one? I am not gonna trellis here cause a trellis would block sun from the other bed.

Also... there are 3 pumpkin plants in the other bed. Well it will be thinned to 3. I put 2 seeds in each whole, but some how the seeds like spread out or something. There are two plants that are growing about 6 inches a part instead of side by side. Could I transplant one of them to the new bed? These are the two best looking pumpkin plants so far:p. Any tips on that?

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 4/9/2013, 5:29 pm

I had good success last year transplanting some pumpkin and squash that the same thing had happened to. I simply grabbed a large hand full of the pumpkin and surrounding soil and put it in its new home. I don't know how finicky they are but I didn't lose any of them :-)
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Post  daisy0606 on 4/9/2013, 5:35 pm

How deep did you dig? How long after germination did you move it?

(This is my first year gardening at all)
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 4/9/2013, 6:03 pm

Mine were just the first set of leaves or maybe the second. I just literally opened up my hand and grabbed as large an area of soil around it as I could. Because it was Mel's mix it came up easily and I had gotten far enough around that I don't think I even saw any roots so it wasn't disturbed at all.

I had figured that if it didn't make it, it was no big deal as I would have thinned it any way.
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Post  daisy0606 on 4/9/2013, 6:12 pm

That is pretty much what I was thinking too. If I dont transplant it it will die anyway. Thanks! I wasn't sure how far the roots go down.
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