Heirloom Vegetable. Whether this pumpkin goes by “Small Sugar” or “Pie” there’s no denying it is a sweetie! Bright orange flesh is finely grained, meaty and just perfect for pumpkin pies like Grandma used to make! Produces a large crop of round fruits 20-25 cm (8-10″) in diameter that store quite well. A New England variety introduced by the 1880’s.
How to Grow
Pumpkin is a hot weather crop. They need full sun and deep, rich, well drained, organic soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Before planting, work in lots of compost. Sow seed directly outdoors in late May through early June 2.5 cm (1″) deep in hills 2.4 m (8′) apart with 4-6 seeds per hill. After germination, thin to 3 plants per hill. Seed can be started indoors 3 weeks before the plant out date. Pumpkins do not transplant well–use paper or fibre pots that can be set directly in the soil. Protect mature pumpkins from frost and cold temperatures.