Sugar Pie Pumpkin Information Days to Maturity: 90–115 days Family: Cucurbitaceae Native: Southern United States and Mexico Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual Plant Dimensions: 8'–15' vines Variety Information: Small, round pumpkin, 6"–7" diameter, flattened at ends. Developed for cooking, 'Sugar Pie' has thick, sweet, fine-grained, orange-yellow flesh. Harvesting: Harvest pumpkins before the first fall frost, and when foliage has begun to dry out. Cut stem with a knife, leaving 3"–4" of stem on the pumpkin. Do not hold the pumpkin by the stem; if stem attachment gets broken, or any part of the pumpkin bruises, the pumpkin may rot. Brush off any dirt or leaves. Ideally, cure at 80°-85°F and 80–85% humidity or a warm, sunny spot with good air circulation for 1 to 2 weeks before eating or storage. Do not allow harvested fruit to get wet.
Sweet Dumpling Squash Sweet Dumpling squash is an open-pollinated heirloom winter squash that can be grown in USDA zones 3-12. Sweet Dumpling is ready for harvest a mere three months from direct sowing. Sow this variety of winter squash as you would summer squash. That is, sow the seeds an inch (2.5 cm.) or so deep after all danger of frost or start indoors a month prior to the last expected frost in your area. Squash doesn’t do well with transplanting, so if you do start them indoors, sow the seeds into peat pots. Be sure to harden the seedlings off for a week prior to transplanting.
A week after the last frost, transplant the seedlings into a rich soil 8-10 inches (20-25 cm.) apart in rows that are 10-12 inches (25-30 cm.) apart, or in hills of two seedlings spaced 8-10 inches (20-25 cm.) apart. If you choose to direct sow, plant the seeds a week after the last frost about ½ inch deep (13 mm.) and 3-4 inches (7.6-10 cm.) apart. When the seedlings have their first set of true leaves, thin them to 8-10 inches (20-25 cm.) apart. Keep the plants moist but avoid getting water on the leaves which may become afflicted with fungal diseases. Place a layer of mulch around the plants which will help to retard weeds and retain moisture. As soon as the stems begin to dry and the skin of the fruit is too hard to pierce with a fingernail, harvest the squash. Cut the fruit from the vine with a sharp knife, leaving a bit of stem attached to the squash. Cure the squash in a dry area until the stem begins to shrivel and then store in an area that is 50-55 F. (10-13 C.).
10/13/2020 Fall is right around the corner! It's beginning to look a lot like a Halloween! (Sugar Pie Pumpkin) 10/18/2020. Just because it turned orange doesn't mean it's ready! I just tried one, it was not ready...
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America's largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased that Kozue Maye at Poof Dirt Farms in Pahrump, NV has successfully created a certified Wildlife Habitat through its garden for "Wildlife" movement.