Pumpkins are fall squash, bringing to mind scarecrows, Halloween and Thanksgiving. People eat both the fruit and seeds, and use the physical pumpkins as decorations. These are warm-season plants that grow well in warm areas of Florida with some standard planting and care guidelines.
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Turn over the top six inches of soil and mix in both compost and manure so that you have about an equal measure of all three.
Build hills for your pumpkin seeds to ensure good drainage. Hills should be several inches tall, and spaced at 4 to 6 feet. Build rows with at least 3 feet between them. Plant several seeds an inch deep in each hill.
Water the area thoroughly, and maintain waterings that keep the soil moist but not wet. When the pumpkins sprout, water the plants at their base and do not get the leaves wet. In humid areas like Florida, wetting the leaves may cause mildew and rot.