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Jeff Walls
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They are hard? I admittedly didn't start to grow them till I had Terra preta but i have a patch out the back that is 8 plots around a central water source and let them go until I happen by and see that they have all matured. It was initially only four plots till I had enough seed to do four more with spare. If anything mine are prob too close together but they seem to produce a reasonable harvest each time.

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I planted 1 seed in the middle of a 5x5 field of Terra, with water, in September and it gave me nothing.  Only success I've had was when I spent like 6 hours babying it.

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It only needs one field of farmland: the block it's planted on. The rest, everything around it, should be untilled. Place a water source next to the single tilled center block, but diagonally. The plant needs the straight adjacent spaces to grow. Give it four to five blocks of space in every cardinal direction - so a 9x9 to 11x11 area. (It won't really use the full area though, mostly just the cardinal directions from the center, like a giant plus shape.)

Once or twice per day, check in on it and trim any dead vines you find. This should enable the healthy part of the vine to resume growing (or so I have heard it claimed).

If you have excess bones - and chances are that you do, because they have almost no use outside the first couple ingame days - then grind some into bone meal and fertilize the central block of farmland. Pumpkins consume nutrients rapidly, and if you're unlucky, you may not get any pumpkins before the central plot drops so low on nutrients that its growth speed slows to a crawl. This makes them one of the very few plants where the generally overlooked fertilizer game mechanic will actually make a tangible difference. Using terra preta of course helps with that too, but really: are you using those bones for anything else? No? Thought so. Now go fertilize those pumpkins :P

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