-Monday, June 20, 2016
Pumpkins, dirt, and rye... what do these three things have in common? They are the topic of the day! This year I tried something relatively common among
large growers but new to me, and that is no-tilling pumpkins. No-till is basically unheard of with vegetables due to the very nature of the beast.
Vegetables have poor adaptability. So let's start with the pumpkins and I’ll explain why it works. I plant the pumpkins into a rye cover crop. The
rye is planted in the fall and grows until the second week of May when it is killed and is rolled into a mat. I then plant into the mat. The mat keeps
the pumpkins out of the dirt and suppresses weeds helping you and helping me!