What are the pros? great price, clear instruction
What are the cons? powdery mildew
I am a first time gardener, but I do a charity bake sale of 50 pumpkin pies every Fall, and have done for the last 18 years. So I thought, why haul my pumpkins home, ON MY BIKE, when I can grow them vertically? Oh, how naive. I have a little shop of horrors sized pumpkin vines, and I mean that in the best way, since I have a demented sense of humor. I have 3 times the growth I expected, and have already counted 17 softball sized gourds growing, and there are still tons of blossoms and more vine growth happening!
I read up about the male/female, and haven't had to hand pollinate yet, and won't think I will. I pulled out some nasty juniper hedges that were dried up and spider web infested, and spent 3 months fertilizing and enriching the soil before planting the pumpkin seeds. Thank you!!!
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