Build a Garden in 2 Hours (almost) – We put in a Pumpkin Patch!

We put in a Pumpkin Patch.  It took 2 1/2 hours.

My garden is out of real estate.  Every bed is currently occupied and I need a place for my pumpkins, gourds and festive fall decorations.

My baby and I put in a new pumpkin patch.  It took 2 1/2 hours.

pumpkin 1

We picked a sunny spot and removed all the weeds, sticks, grass and rocks.  My son removed most of the rocks and sticks.  I stuck with the more heavy work of turning over the soil and getting anything green out.

Then we raked the ground up and evened things out a bit.  This took approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes of the 2 1/2 hours.

pumplin 2

Once the ground was in good shape I banged some tomato stakes in the ground to hold up the fence.  This isn’t a strong “keep everything out” kind of fence.

This is a “don’t ride here with your motorcycle, 4-wheeler or lawnmower” kind of fence.

If the fence wasn’t here my pumpkin plants would be demolished by the weekend.  

pumpkin 3
Once the ground was ready & the fence was up all that was left to do was put in the plants.

I started all my pumpkin seeds in trays a few weeks ago.  My son had just cleaned out the chicken coop, so I had a bucket of funk from the chicken coop.  Chicken funk is great for gardens.

I shoved the hay, manure, and feathers (gag) into a giant tub and filled the tub with water.  It weighed about 400 pounds.  I used a 4-wheeler to get the tub of water and wet chicken-funk to the pumpkin patch.
pumpkin 2 Collage

  1. First I dug the holes and planted the pumpkin plant
  2. Then I surrounded my baby plants with soaking wet chicken-manure-filled hay.
  3. Then I poured chicken manure soup (the water in the bucket) on all the plants.

pujpkin collage

The picture on the left was taken right after we put the plants in.  The picture on the right was taken a week later.  Just look at the difference!  Yes, pumpkins like chicken funk.

pumpkin 9

Hopefully, I got the pumpkins in early enough.  We may be carving them for Thanksgiving this year!

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