It is now time to begin planting pumpkins so that you will have a good crop of pumpkins in the fall.
The most significant time to start planting if you want to produce your own pumpkins for Halloween coming fall is right now, even if summer hasn’t arrived.
Pumpkins (Cucurbita maxima) make an excellent beginner’s garden project because they are so simple to grow. Pumpkins are fantastic for many other decorative projects (as well as delicious meals) than Halloween. For example, little pumpkins may be turned into bird feeders or nests by simply hollowing them out, letting them dry, painting them bright colors, and adding a thread. Pumpkin seeds can also be dried, painted with acrylics, and used for kid-friendly crafts to create jewelry or artwork. And I’m sure you already know that the pumpkins you cultivate in your garden can be grilled with flavorful herbs and olive oil or used to make delectable soups and pastries.
Prepare the soil bed and let the seeds grow.
The optimal time to start seeding is in late May or early June. When the soil temperature reaches 65 degrees, you can spread the pumpkin seeds outside and cover them with a hood. “Place three seeds side by side, then take out the two weakest. They should be buried approximately an inch and a half deep on their sides “.
Give the squash lots of space to develop in wet, well-draining soil in full sun and shielded from high winds.
When making planting holes, “fill each hole with a good helping of well-rotted farmyard manure and a handful of all-purpose fertilizer.”
“Plant the pumpkin seed on top of the tiny mound you just created. This is done to stop water from collecting around the plant’s neck and rotting it. Plant pumpkins 1.5 meters apart since they require a lot of room to grow—roughly 1 square meter per plant. Next to each plant, plant a 15 cm long pipe or an old pot into the ground. Fill the pipe or pot with water. By doing this, the water is ensured to reach the roots and not just pool around the plant.”
Is it possible to grow pumpkins in pots or planters?
Yes, you may grow gourds in pots or planters, but they have to be at least 18 inches deep and wide. It takes a good handful of compost in the bottom, a decent handful of compost mixed with fertilizer, and good quality peat-free compost. However, “the difficulty with growing pumpkins in containers is that you have to be very cautious about watering during the hottest periods; when they are in full growth they may need to be irrigated three times a day,”
Feeding and aftercare
To encourage the development of blooms and fruits, fertilize the plants every 10 days with a tomato fertilizer that is strong in potassium once the first fruits start to show up on the vines.
To keep the fruits off the soggy ground and stop them from turning black on one side, you should set them on a bed of straw or a piece of tile. They must maintain proper hydration. “You’ll need to eliminate all the small pumpkins and leave only one per plant if you want to create huge, award-winning pumpkins,”.
Harvest and storage
When they have finished growing and have turned a vivid orange color, pumpkins are picked in September or October. Allow the skin to solidify by placing them in a warm, sunny location for 10 to 14 days. This prevents the pumpkins from going bad, which is crucial if you plan to keep them over the winter.
The pumpkins can be kept for up to six months in pristine condition by keeping them in a frost-free location during the winter.
Pumpkin cultivation: Most common problems
What if no fruit shows up? When the weather is too chilly, insufficient pollination may cause this. You’ll get fruit a little later than usual as the weather warms up and the plants are pollinated.
Another issue is powdery mildew, which develops as a result of insufficient airflow and a stressed plant, such as when it dries up. Screening for botrytis (grey molds), a condition found in highly humid environments. If it does, you should remove any diseased material that has dropped and burn any infected bits that were cut off and exposed.