Pumpkin is an increasingly popular vegetable and likes a warm summer. They take up a lot of space, so they are best suited for cultivation in the garden or on the plot.
How to grow squash: month after month
The best pumpkin varieties
How we test guidance
We chose 14 brands, including three previous purchases and some peanuts because we know how popular this is. We saw the seeds in units in May and stored them in the greenhouse until they were large enough to be planted out. The plants were hardened and placed outdoors in the final location of our flight site in Cambridgeshire in June. This was in a bed in full sun and dug well digested digested organic matter. They were planted through cracks in black plastic pieces in rows at 1.5 m intervals to suppress the weeds, heat the soil and reduce moisture loss. The plants were placed at 1.5 m intervals in the rows to give them enough space. Snail and snail damage can be a common problem and that is why we used organic snail grains. We picked the fruit in mid-October and decided how many were ripe at that time, as some species have a hard time ripening much fruit before the frost. Then we did a taste test with the help of experts, including a chef, to find the tastiest varieties.
When to sow
Sow the seeds in individual small pots or pots with a Late April or May. They were damaged by frost. Then keep them in a greenhouse or by the windowsill until the risk of frost has passed from mid-May or early June.
Take care of your plants
Grow pumpkins in a protected place. The soil should be moist but well drained and rich in organic matter. Indoor plants at 1.5-3 m intervals, depending on the variety. After planting, mulch to retain moisture, either by composting in the garden or by splitting into black plastic.
After planting, cover the soil with general fertilizers. Give liquid tomato fertilizer every 10-15 days when the fruit swells. As the fruit ripens, cut off the leaves so they can ripen.
How and when to harvest
Harvest in: September until October
Leave the fruit on the plant for as long as possible. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and pick all the fruit before the first frost. Cut with clippers to leave a long stem.
After harvest, leave the fruit in the sun or in the greenhouse for about 10 days to thicken the skin and then move it indoors in a cool, dark place. Pumpkin and butternut squash lasts until December, so use them first. Other pumpkins will be in good condition until next spring.
Common growth problems
Snails and slugs
Beware of signs of damage such as leaf cavity and silver spores, especially immediately after transplantation. Choose what you find, dispose of organic snail balls or apply biological control (works only against snails).
Fungal disease characterized by white powdery mildew on leaves. It usually strikes plants in late summer when conditions are dry. To avoid this, keep the plants well watered and mulched. There is no chemical control.
Cucumber mosaic virus
This affects many more plants than cucumbers. The symptoms are mottled and yellow on flattering, mature growth and deformed leaves. Destroy the plants that affect it, be careful and do not infect the virus in any way. Fight weeds and aphids, which are common with the virus. No chemical control is available.