On this week’s episode, Greg and Travis talk about growing pumpkins for a fall harvest. They discuss the differences between pie pumpkins (also known as winter squash), jack-o-lanterns and ornamental cucurbits like gourds. Pumpkins usually take about 90-100 days to mature. So if you wish to harvest pumpkins in early October before Halloween, July is the perfect time to plant. Growing pumpkins can be difficult in south Georgia because disease and insect pressure is typically highest during the months of July and August when pumpkins would be grown. As a result, Greg mentions that he likes to grow a couple different varieties that are more suited to deal with that level of insect and disease pressure. The first variety is called Seminole Pumpkin, which can be purchased from Sow True Seed. This variety was originally grown by the Seminole tribe in Florida and it has genetics that make it more resistant to fungal diseases like powdery mildew. Greg has also grown the Orange Bulldog variety in the past and it did really well. The Orange Bulldog is a variety that was obtained in South America by scientists at the University of Georgia and it also has genetics to deal well with pressures of a high heat/humidity climate. Other varieties that they like include the Fairytale and Cinderella pumpkins.
On the Show & Tell segment this week, they talk about the spaghetti squash that was recently harvested from Travis’ garden. He grew a variety called “Angel Hair” that makes a smaller, more personal-sized fruit. This variety is very prolific and he harvested over 250 fruits from a single, 60′ row.
On the Q&A segment, they answer questions about burying drip tape and planting in elevated rows or beds. Contrary to popular belief, drip tape was designed to be buried and most drip tape can be buried up to 6″. As long as the seed has proper soil coverage, the location of the seed relative to the tape is insignificant. You could put the seed directly on top of the tape and the roots will grow around the tape as the plants grow. Greg mentions that planting on elevated beds is only really necessary if soil drainage is a problem. Otherwise, created elevated planting surfaces tends to be unnecessary, extra labor.