Pumpkins thrive when they have lots of sunlight and well-drained soil enhanced with nutrient-rich compost. Gardeners should plant pumpkins once the area has no danger of frost, and growers can start pumpkin seeds indoors if the growing season is short.
When sowing seeds directly into the ground, it’s best to place the seeds in small mounds above the soil surface. These hills warm the soil, improve drainage and encourage seed germination. Pumpkins require about one inch of water each week, and a layer of mulch helps retain moisture and discourage weeds. Pumpkins also need bees to pollinate the flowers, so growers must use insecticides carefully.