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Jul 21, 2015 12:40 PM CST
When do you plant pumpkin seeds, any suggestions for a very sandy soil?
Name: Gina Young
White Hills, AZ (Zone 9a)
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Jul 23, 2015 8:33 PM CST
Have you checked the site's planting guide for your zone by zip code? I use it with much success here in AZ. Hurray!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Jul 24, 2015 2:10 AM CST

Pumpkins need fertile soil so you will need to add organic material to a sandy soil.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Jul 25, 2015 9:12 PM CST
Welcome to All Things Plants, @reginajsmi !

Are you in Michigan? (I'm just guessing that from the "mi" on the end of your screen name... ) or, if not, where? (planting in Florida and planting in the northern states, as an example, are two very different things!)

I've gardened successfully in sandy soil, but you need to add plenty of fertilizer and lots and lots of water ! Pumpkins (and any kind of squash) need lots of water, and with sand it drains through pretty darn quickly.

Going on my first impression of "Michigan," you would want to plant the pumpkins after the last frost; I always start my seeds indoors in early to mid May, and transplant them to the garden around the beginning to middle of June. They do need a fairly long growing season.

Hope this is somewhat helpful and that we'll be "seeing" more of you around the site !

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