The official vegetable of Halloween, pumpkins have more uses besides being hollowed out to make Jacques Lanterns. They can be used to make tasty meals, as the head of a scarecrow and even for village fairs. Despite their size, they can be grown easily in your back garden, especially with the right access to sunlight, water, good soil and plentiful space.
As well as for that thanksgiving staple pumpkin pie, you can also make soup, stew and even have it with pasta. With the right attention, you can also grow supersize pumpkins, which will make your neighbours jealous of your gardening skills.
Growing up to 12ft tall, you need a lot of space to grow a pumpkin vine. A patch of five square feet will be enough to let them flower without any obstructions.
To get the most out of your pumpkins, make sure you soil is fertile and well-drained. To make your pumpkin grow really big, you need to water it regularly. As for sunlight, they need between 8-12 hours a day, so the best time to grow them would be any time between May and August.
Make sure that your plants are well pollinated. If your garden attracts a lot of bees, then it will take care of itself. However, if your garden isn’t popular with bees, then self-pollination works just as well. This involves applying pollen from the anther of the male flower with care to the female flower. As for knowing when they’re ready for harvest, when they’re orange, they’re ready to use.
About the author:
Mike Vernazza is an expert in landscape gardening and has worked with www.bridgman.co.uk. His specialties also include patio furniture and planting exotic flowers.