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Pumpkins unveiled


Removed the row cover that had been protecting the pumpkins from the cucumber beetles. The pumpkins are doing fine! The CBs will keep coming, but the plants should grow faster than the beetles can munch. There’s also a chance of CB-transmitted disease, that’s a chance I’m taking. One spray-free alternative is to reposition and replace the row cover more loosely, giving the plants room to grow, but the cover I’m using also traps heat under there, and cuts off some sunlight. I could buy super lightweight cover, designed for insect protection only—it doesn’t protect against frost and lets in most of the light—but that’s an unwelcome expense this year, and possibly more of an additional expense than it’s worth. From here, the pumpkins should come out fine, CBs and all!



  1. Wow, I’m so very impressed with your farm and your site! I can’t wait to read all that’s here and I will definitely be following along from now on.

    I would love to be doing what you are doing, but I’m not quite to your level yet. I still garden in about 1/8 of an acre. I do blog about it at, but I like reading blogs (like yours) better than writing one.

    I have started a new website called that highlights and links to many blogs about veggie gardening. I would love to use your posts if you would allow it. Please let me know if that would be okay. My email is

    Thanks, and keep up the great farming and writing!

  2. Otto Sanschagrin

    Wonderful website. Plenty of helpful info here. I am sending it to several friends ans additionally sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you to your sweat!

  3. What’s your spacing on your pumpkins? Do you hill the soil before planting? How are keeping up with the weed’s that form between the row?

    • Uh, about 6′ spacing in-row, hilled, around three plants per, and 10′ between rows, but there’s lots of room in there to experiment. Never been too meticulous with pumpkins, they’ve been a pain to lug to market and back, so I grow them mainly for CSA and fun.

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