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( Jack Be Little Pumpkin )
|'Jack Be Little' is generally ready for harvest in 105 days. It is a very small pumpkin, usually 3-4 inches in diameter with well-defined ribs and a flattened top. They are attractive decorations, and can also be cooked as a winter squash. Small pumpkins are grown for cooking and eating, while the larger sizes are for Jack-o'-lanterns and exhibition. Most Cooperative extension services will be able to tell you which varieties are best for your area.
Plant seed 2 or 3 weeks after the last average frost date. They will tolerate partial sun and require high organic matter and well drained soil. Go easy on the fertilizer as you will end up with all vine. Plant 6 to 8 seeds in each inverted hill. When plants have 4 to six true leaves, thin to one strong plant, cutting the other seedlings down to the ground as not to disturb root systems. Keep pumpkins well watered. They are usually ready for harvest 95 to 120 days after planting. Pumpkins can stay on the vine for a long time, but harvest them before the first hard frost as they will get mushy.
Important Info : The first pumpkin pies were made by pouring milk into a pumpkin which was then baked.
They can be difficult to grow outside the region in which they were developed. Baking hot, sandy soil, is generally a good bet for improving your crop. It is useful to have a cold frame to get the plants going early.
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