Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Why Pumpkins Are Seen In Cornfields

Well I guess late is better than never and so here I am on Wednesday with my Tuesday blog post. I try to be regular with my posts but this week I have a great excuse for being late, I’m packing for paradise, aka Costa Rica. I am very excited to be have the opportunity to get lots of new tropical gardening material for my blog and website but that’s not what I want to talk about today, I want to talk about pumpkins.

I know what everyone’s thinking, It’s not pumpkin season yet! Heck, Halloween is almost four months away and pumpkin pies really aren’t appropriate until Thanksgiving. So why am I writing about pumpkins now? Because my good friend and follower, Jeanne Wickwire-Upton just harvested two of the golden orbs last week…in Arizona…in July and I have a picture to prove it. With Temperatures near the 115 degree mark Jeanne thought it would be a good idea to bring them indoors before they became pumpkin pie. Now Jeanne is an excellent cook and they may very well become pie, but pie is better baked in the oven, not on the vine.

While we were on the subject of pumpkins, Jeanne mentioned something interesting about pumpkins that I had forgotten about, that they were often grown in or near cornfields. This in turned brought back memories; I remembered going with my grandmother to pick pumpkins and they were always planted next to a corn patch. I recalled this being quite common, but I didn’t know why and until just the other day was not interested. However, when Jeanne mentioned it, my curiosity was peaked and I decided to do a little research. After about an hour or two of uncovering some very interesting facts about pumpkin, I came up with what seemed to be the most logical answer; pumpkins were and still are often planted near cornfields because first off the vines like to crawl about the rows thereby being neatly trained. Secondly, the pumpkin vines help to keep the weeds down and the shade of their leaves helps the soil retain moisture. So the two become biological allies and are mutually dependent on each other. Weed control without herbicide and nice orderly rows of pumpkins.

Well that wraps up tonight’s little post but the good news is that I have uncovered a whole wealth of interesting new info about pumpkins to share, and about why they are such a beneficial crop to grow, especially for beginning gardeners so look forward to a few very interesting pumpkin-posts ahead. Until tomorrow, Happy Gardening.

Dills Atlantic Giant Pumpkin 15 Seeds -HUGE


  1. Isn't it wonderful how we can learn something new, every day? I look forward to reading more of your "pumpkin posts" in the future!

  2. Sounds like a "3 sisters" type of planting. Squash shades the weeds and holds the water for the corn, which provides the trellis for beans, which put the good nutrients into the soil for the squash... or something along those lines.

  3. Exactly Jamie, Sustainable agriculture on a micro-scale.