Pumpkin Patch Update

I'm growing my own backyard pumpkin patch for Halloween! Here's a peek at the first six weeks of progress in my little patch.

I’m growing my own pumpkin patch for Halloween! You may have seen my first post after I planted my patch. You might also follow me on Instagram and see my updates in my story feed. But today, I’m checking in to share some photos of my little pumpkin babies’ progress.

I’ve never grown pumpkins before, and – if I’m honest – I tend to have a gray thumb. Right now the lavender and sage I planted are pretty much dead, and I’ve killed a cactus in the past month. I mean heck, I’ve even an aloe plant before! I’m like a living horror movie for plants.

But I decided to give pumpkins a try anyway.

The biggest challenge? Surprisingly, it was not my gray thumb – it was finding a space to grow them.

See, I live in an apartment in a city with zero outdoor space. I don’t even have a balcony. My outdoor space is opening my windows the five days a year it isn’t humid as hell in Houston. It kinda bums me out.

Thankfully, my parents were gracious enough to let me take over a little corner of their backyard for my pumpkin patch experiment.  (And subsequently look after my pumpkin babies when I’m not there.) I planted three varieties: sugar pie pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns and Big Max pumpkins.

So how’s it going?

Here’s a peek at my pumpkin patch over the last six weeks:

As a reminder, this is where we started on the day I planted. Since I’d never done this before, I wasn’t sure if my pumpkins would get full sun the way the need it, whether I was spacing them right or if they’ll suck all the nutrients out of the ground. But…so far I’ve been pleasantly surprised!

I'm growing my own backyard pumpkin patch for Halloween! Here's a peek at the first six weeks of progress in my little patch.

In just four days, I already had sprouts!

I'm growing my own backyard pumpkin patch for Halloween! Here's a peek at the first six weeks of progress in my little patch.

And at ONE WEEK, all three varieties I planted were taking off – here’s my smallest variety I planted, the sugar pie.

I'm growing my own backyard pumpkin patch for Halloween! Here's a peek at the first six weeks of progress in my little patch.

My mid-size pumpkin, the jack-o-lantern variety.

I'm growing my own backyard pumpkin patch for Halloween! Here's a peek at the first six weeks of progress in my little patch.

And my big guys, the Big Max!

I'm growing my own backyard pumpkin patch for Halloween! Here's a peek at the first six weeks of progress in my little patch.

At two weeks they were impressive – I couldn’t believe how quickly they grew!

I'm growing my own backyard pumpkin patch for Halloween! Here's a peek at the first six weeks of progress in my little patch.

I'm growing my own backyard pumpkin patch for Halloween! Here's a peek at the first six weeks of progress in my little patch.

I'm growing my own backyard pumpkin patch for Halloween! Here's a peek at the first six weeks of progress in my little patch.

One month in, I started seeing hints of vines beginning to grow.

I'm growing my own backyard pumpkin patch for Halloween! Here's a peek at the first six weeks of progress in my little patch.

I'm growing my own backyard pumpkin patch for Halloween! Here's a peek at the first six weeks of progress in my little patch.

And at five weeks, blossoms!

I'm growing my own backyard pumpkin patch for Halloween! Here's a peek at the first six weeks of progress in my little patch.

These last two photos were taken Monday night, six weeks into the growing process.

I'm growing my own backyard pumpkin patch for Halloween! Here's a peek at the first six weeks of progress in my little patch.

Since I’m not out at my parents’ house every day, my mom and dad have been sending me updates. Here’s hoping week 7 brings blossomed flowers and then…baby pumpkins!

Have you ever planted a pumpkin patch?

This is definitely a learning experience for me, and I look forward to sharing all my tips and tricks I’ve learned. Until then, I’d love to hear yours! Share them in the comments.

I’ll check in again later this summer with another update.

Happy haunting,

Special thanks to my mom and dad for kindly looking after my little pumpkin patch when I’m not there!


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Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

Miranda is the Houston-based writer, blogger and Halloween lover behind Spooky Little Halloween, the blog celebrating October 31st all year long. She is addicted to pumpkin guts, witches’ brews, skulls and all things spooky and celebrates her favorite day of the year with her annual party, Halloweenie Roast, each October.

6 Comments

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    Hellen Die

    June 2, 2017

    I ordered this and it just came in the mail! I’m growing pumpkins too but yours are way ahead of mine. It’s been too cold still here for mine to even be planted. Can’t wait to see if this mold works. Fingers crossed it does!
    http://www.fruitmould.com/product/skull-shape-pumpkins-mold

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    Kayla

    June 2, 2017

    Yay!!! Best of luck little pumpkins!

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    Chelsea Celaya

    June 4, 2017

    I tried growing pumpkins a couple years in a row when we had an apartment with a balcony/patio space. I stuck to the jack-o-lantern variety since I didn’t really have a lot of space to do big old pumpkins and figured I could upgrade to big pots if pumpkins did star to grow. I got little planter boxes that hung over the sides of our patio walls.

    It was very exciting and they all blossomed these beautiful orange flowers, but they never fruited! :( Apparently the years I tried, there were not a lot of bees in my area and so, they did not get pollenated for them to grow pumpkins. I have read that you can pollenate the flowers yourself if there aren’t any bees around, but I don’t really know how that’s done. Apparently, it is a very important step though if you want it to fruit! ;)

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      June 4, 2017

      I’m nearly to that step and hoping a few little bees do the work for me in my parent’s yard. They have lots of other plants and flowers in the backyard already. Fingers crossed!

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