It felt like a good day to repot the pumpkins today, and since it’s just going to get hotter this weekend, I found a few containers, a bag of dirt, a trowel and a can of water. And the pumpkins, of course. I didn’t really expect all the seeds I sprouted to actually come up, but I’m glad they did. I chose 10 from the 12 to transplant into the old flower pots. I think I’ll only have room for maybe three of them in one side of the raised beds, so the competition is on. The ones that grow the best will earn a spot in the raised bed; the rest probably will just get chucked. At least the odds are with me. Hopefully, a couple will survive, right?
I haven’t decided when to transplant the tomatoes, lettuce and zinnias. I’m kind of hoping that they can make it for another week or two and then I might just transplant directly into the garden if the tomatoes that are currently there are done producing. Although it will probably be too hot to plant lettuce, so I’ll have to find containers that I can move into the shade. Maybe lettuce will join the flowers on the front porch, where there’s a lot more shade than in the backyard.
After an hour in the hot 90-degree sun, I was back in the house by 7:30ish and ready to enjoy a cool drink. The Texas heat isn’t going to stop me!
Room? For pumpkins?! My experience is that you’ll need a stretch of earth 5-ft by 10-ft for EACH plant. They are sprawlers, much like watermelon. You can trellis them, though, and make a vertical garden out of them to save your lawn! Just drive 6-ft T-posts into the ground and affix wire mesh for the vine to climb. You may need to support the fruit with pantyhose when they form.
I’m curious to see how the tomatoes go. I’ve never had much luck with the fall crop.
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I know, I know, Shannon. I’ll just have to see how it goes. I have a feeling husband may not be too happy with me if he has to start mowing around pumpkin vines. My fall tomatoes were a big fail last year, but we had just moved and I didn’t start them until mid-September. And in containers because I didn’t have the raised beds yet. I guess I’ll see,
Perhaps you can partially bury the pots (to help retain moisture) and string them up your wood fence instead. You’d have to stake your trellis pretty good to hold pumpkins, though. It might solve the ‘mowing around’ problem.
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