Pumpkins are a familiar sight in fall with falling leaves, and they make fine pies and baked dishes. You might not think of pumpkins as good for containers, but they can feel at home in them, especially the miniature pumpkins.
How Do I Grow Pumpkins?
Directly sow your pumpkin seeds once danger of frost has gone or three weeks before last spring frost date, be sure to cover if there is a threat of frost. Sow 2-3 seeds into hills 4-5 feet apart, then mulch or cultivate until plants begin to vine.
If you live in area with short seasons, then start your pumpkin seeds indoors in individual pots 2-3 weeks before last spring frost date. Transplant them carefully so you don’t disturb their roots. A good mix of compost will help boost pumpkin’s growth. Or check your local nursery for transplants.
They grow well in the vicinity of jimsonweed. Can grow well with corn and beans but not within the same vicinity of potatoes.
1 cup: Vitmin A (171%), Vitamin C (17%), Riboflavin (8%), Potassium (11%)
Harvest your pumpkin when it has reached full colour and its shell is hard, or after light frost has killed the vine. They can be covered to protect from a bit of frost, but they should be harvested before hard frost sets in.
Cut your pumpkin close the stem and store them in a dry area if you aren’t planning to use them right away. Pumpkins can keep for several months in storage but might lose their flavour if they are kept in storage for a long period of time.
Preparing and using
Pumpkins are very popular throughout the fall and into the winter months. Chefs have gotten very creative with the use of pumpkins. Generally it is the meat, and the seeds that are commonly used.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Pumpkin leaves shade out most weeds. Mulch heavily if there’s a threat of frost.