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Q: What is different about growing
a big pumpkin versus a small
A: First of all the seed you use is very different
(basically big seeds
grow big pumpkins and small seeds result in small pumpkins). Also, large
pumpkins need more room to grow, 40 Sq. feet or more and small pumpkins
can get along with 20 to 25 Sq. Feet. Lastly, very large pumpkins don't
like moisture stress (too little rain).
Q: Do you need to have Bees to get pumpkins?
A: Absolutely, you need bees for pollination of
pumpkin flowers. In
fact, to get uniform shaped pumpkin fruit the pumpkin flower must be
visited many, many times (about 30).
Q: What is the most difficult aspect of growing
A: For me, keeping white-tail deer out of my field
is my greatest
challenge. Next is controlling disease. I use a fence to control deer
and it work well. Some other farmers a dog or dogs to patrol their
field. They keep the dogs in the field with an electronic collar
and an invisible fence. To control disease we use special cultivative
practices and spray with preservatives.