New World field pumpkins like this 19th century variety were grown in Thomas Jefferson's fields both for the Monticello table as well as for feeding the workhorses, cattle, sheep, and pigs in late summer. Connecticut Field Pumpkin is a traditional pumpkin good for pies, with yellow flesh and soft skin.
Direct sow seeds in hills or rows after the last spring frost; for hills, sow 5-7 seeds per 12"-wide hill, then thin to the best 3 plants per hill. Pumpkins prefer moist but well-drained, fertile soil. Harvest as the skin turns a uniform shade of orange, leaving a 4" stem for improved storage. Approximately 15 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Days to Maturity||Size at Maturity|
|Full Sun||Direct Sow||1"||Rows or hills: 6' apart||100-120||12-18"H|