Thursday, 25 June 2015

How to grow Pumpkins

Growing a pumpkin is easy, fun and rewarding. Pumpkins make a tasty and nutritious addition to many meals and are relatively easy to grow in the home garden. Most pumpkin varieties take between 85 - 125 days to mature. Most of the heirloom and larger varieties take longer to ripen.

Pumpkin vines need fertile, compost-rich, well-drained soil in full sun and are most easily grown as ground-cover plants. Plant your seeds 5cms deep and it should sprout in 7 - 10 days. If you have compost available, work some into the soil before planting. The compost will help to keep weeds down and retain moisture.

Pumpkins are very frost sensitive. In temperate Australia plant or sow outside after the last frost. If you are in climate with a short growing season you can start your seeds indoors or in a greenhouse. Choose an area that gets full sun.

Choose a spot in your garden or flower bed where you can plant your seed roughly at the centre of where you expect the vines to spread. The vines get quite long and need room to grow with good drainage. Pumpkin seed needs a soil temperature of 20˚C for germination. 
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