Anciently, a pumpkin was often planted in the most distant areas of the courtyard just for the reason that it almost doesn’t need care. It expanded in breadth there, occupying large areas. But in modern cottages, the plots are small — 6-10 acres. To allocate all the backyard under the pumpkin is ridiculous. Therefore, many gardeners simply don’t grow it. Meanwhile, these plants can be placed compactly.
In a Barrel
Many gardeners have a large metal or plastic barrel, which was purchased just in case, but never found use. And it’s a pity to throw it away. And you don’t need to! You can sow pumpkin there. It is enough to fill the barrel with fertile soil and sow the seeds. The sprouts won’t crawl around the site, they will hang from the barrel. It’s not only economical but also beautiful!
On a Midden
As you know, fresh manure isn’t applied to vegetables — the roots will burn. It is dangerous except for the pumpkin — it only benefits from it. So, if you have stocked up on the organic matter, but there is no reason to use it yet — plant a pumpkin there.
Along the Fence
You can throw pumpkin whips over the fence. But in this case, a problem arises: the fruits are heavy, they can break the vines. Therefore, as soon as they begin to increase in size, they must be placed in vegetable nets and tied to the fence. Soon they can be cut in the best ways to carve a pumpkin.
So, you can always find a place for a pumpkin. Still, this crop has two conditions that must be met:
- Fertile soil: pumpkin generally grows well in all soils, except for highly acidic and alkaline ones. But the land should be fertile, rich in organic matter. If the land is poor, when sowing, 0.5 buckets of humus must be added to the hole.
- Sunny place: the pumpkin is photophilous, you need to grow it in the lightest area — in the shade, the harvest will be poor, or even the fruits won’t be set at all.
Planting and Caring
Seeds are sown right on the beds after May 25 to a depth of 3-5 cm. Three seeds are sown in each hole, and when sprouts appear, one strongest plant is left. You cannot leave all of them — they will interfere with each other and the harvest will turn out to be small.
The distance between the holes depends on the variety. If the sprouts are short, like those of zucchini, then the sowing pattern is 70×70 cm. If the scions are of medium length, there should be 1 m in a row between plants, 1.5 m between rows.
Watering is needed only until the moment of germination. You can water it a couple more times when the sprouts appear (once a week). If the land is poor, it needs to be fertilized 3 times over the summer.