Our Pumpkin Patch has been in operation since 1995. We are looking forward to providing an enjoyable experience for every member of your family. The staff consists largely of family members and friends. In the past years, we have supported local schools & FAA organization by selling mums and having them sponsorship of our corn maze. We also host events for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Without the support of the community, our farm would not be a success. On our farm we raise pumpkins, gourds, ornamental corn, popcorn, feed corn and hay. Our pumpkin patch typically consists of 12 acres of pumpkins or more and our corn maze is about 8 acres.
We look forward to seeing you this fall!
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).
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).
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.
It is not a given that large pumpkins have more seed - they do however have bigger seed typically.
I was told by a school class this year that counted the seeds in small and medium-sized pumpkins that the small pumpkins they looked at had considerably more seeds than the medium-sized pumpkins.