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Should I grow pumpkins??
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Joe    Posted 01-21-2002 at 12:52:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have approx 2 acres of tillable land, relatively thick clay. Someone suggested I grow pumpkins and make a lot of money. Since I'd have no way to transport them I'd probably be selling them from my yard. I have a small tractor (MF50) and a plow, and cultivator; no disk. Also no way to apply chemicals. Does this seem like a good idea? Are pumpkins easy/hard to grow? Any advice appreciated. I'm not trying to get rich, just sort of a hobby and I don't want to lose money. Do pumpkins need to be rotated or can I grow them each year? THx!

Salmoneye    Posted 01-22-2002 at 04:25:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The Yuppies around here in Vermont seem to love the U-Pick Sunflowers...They will pay a buck a bloom here...There are 3 places within 10 minutes of my place and they all have about half an acre in...Talked to the only grower I know personally and he says it takes him about a 2 hours for soil prep and planting (with an unrebuilt 2N) and he makes over 1000 a year on that half acre...

Location, location, location...

BW    Posted 01-21-2002 at 19:55:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not sure where you are located , but , Les has some good advice , If you have a good road with traffic you may find the niche market the way to go ,,, A few small ones ,Ex sugar pie type , can double as cooking pumpkins , a few larger ones , I find that the howdens are a good sell , good color, shape and store well, and if you want to get a name for your self try the Prize Winner , they are 100- 250 bls , good color and shape for their size , much better than the Alantic Gaints, unless you want to go for a record ...
The decorator Corns are also possible to , It will take about 3-5 years to get a good market going form a cold start , but if you have the produce and the traffic flow , 2 acers will give you a lot of fun and a surprize as to what you can get working the land , Last of all water and fertilizer are a must , the more the better ...
Good Luck and Enjoy

Les...fortunate    Posted 01-21-2002 at 14:24:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pumpkins aren't hard to grow. However it seems to me that there's been an awful glut of them in recent years. I live in a very rural area and doubt if I could dispose of two acres worth but if you have a lot of traffic by your place and it doesn't seem like there's already too many around, why not go for it.
A better idea might be to diversify. I'm planning to put in some "Indian" corn and I don't think you could go wrong with having some winter squash. I'm partial to buttercup. Bet you could sell all you could grow of buttercup, butternut, hubbard, acorn and probably others to stores, restaurants, roadside or whatever.
Better yet, find yourself a "niche"...something nobody else is doing, like maybe Mums. Or even gourds.

F14...Hey Les    Posted 01-21-2002 at 15:04:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Didja ever find a source for seed corn for the Indian corn? I might try a little patch next year myself...

Duey (IA) Corn seed    Posted 01-21-2002 at 20:44:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
F14 & Les,
Ornamental Rainbow Corn at
Hybrid Fiesta Indian Corn, Rainbow Indian Corn, Warpaint Improved at
6 or 7 different kinds of indian corn at 4 kinds at A couple more at Duey

Dave in Mo    Posted 01-22-2002 at 09:31:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Duey, did you ever plant any of these Indian types? If ya did, how it turn out and what did you end up doing with the crop?

F14    Posted 01-22-2002 at 04:01:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, Duey, I'll scope that out.

Les...not yet    Posted 01-21-2002 at 15:52:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't think it's hard to find. Checked out a few websites. Might order some from away but will probly just go to Agway for most of it. Guess I ought to have at least a couple different types to see what does the best.

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