The soil needs to be very good and warm to grow pumpkins, squash, melons and other plants of this family or the seeds will rot in the overly cold, wet ground. The soil should be in the upper 60's or 70 before planting. You might be successful some years by planting them in cooler soil temps if the soil is drier.
Depends, If you are thinking halloween pumpkins, and you plant them in April, they will be ready for harvest in July. Difficult to keep till halloween. I usually plant in June for ripening in September.
I will check my seed packets...seems like we bought some last year that never made it into the ground...not sure what they were, or if they are still viable. My DD and DH love pumpkin pie too...I prefer citrus pies, lemon or lime..but they will eat the pumpkin pie with cool whip till they are sick! LOL
Mike, you mean you don't just scoop it out and mash it up for the pie? I have never made a homemade pumpkin pie. I do seem to recall my DD or one of the girls tried it once around Halloween and it was really a disaster...hmmmm...seems like it was really watery or something like that...so give it up...the SECRET to making pumpkin pie?
Personally I bake the squash or pumpkin ( I actually use mostly cushaws or C. moschatas) ( baking makes a much less watery puree) Scoop the baked flesh into a blender, puree, then add the other ingredients ,blend, pour into pie shell, bake for 30 minutes.
Janet, I only watched my mother work on the pie, but I was sooo attentive, but that was 50 years ago.DW says you can open a can much easier.However, there is nothing to beat the real pulp of the pumpkin.I do know that if you don't squeeze it through a calldander, it will be so stringy, and a "let down" Mike
Oh, you will really notice the difference in that and the can.