Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Beds 7 & 8: Pumpkins

Beds 7 & 8
Pumpkins:

This years choice of seeds are:
Rouge d'Etampes New Gippsland Seeds and Bulbs Seed planted 6/8/07
Buttercup New Gippsland Seeds and Bulbs Seed planted 6/8/07
Just Another Pumpkin Eden Seeds planted 24 July 07
Potted on to growing-on pots 13 Aug 07 (JAP), 27 Aug 07 (Rd'E) and 9 Sep 07 (BC)

Planted into compost filled holes in Beds 7 & 8 between the small cherry trees on 23 Oct 07 were:
1 Rouge d'Etampes
3 Buttercups
5 Just Another Pumpkin

Growing requirements:
Latin Name: JAP - Cucurbita moschata, Buttercup and Rouge d'Etampes - Cucurbita maxima
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Sow: Spring/Summer after frost when soil is warm
Soil: They like a fertile, well drained, humus/compost rich soil
pH: 6.5 - 7
Spacing: 90 - 140 cm

My Notes:
Larger growing varieties need lots of space
If limited for space try bush varieties Golden Nugget.
Direct seeding is best but if season is short raise in containers that allow easy planting with minimal root disturbance.
Harvest before frosts and allow to harden in sunshine for a week or so
They store well when picked with stalk in tact and unblemished.
Water with drippers, or at ground level to keep leaves dry and lessen chance of powdery mildew.
May need to be hand pollinated.

Companions plants:
Beans
Corn
Nasturtiums
Radish.

Sources:
Organic Vegetable Growing by Annette McFarlane
The Australian Organic Gardener's Handbook by Keith Smith
Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte
Southern Holdings Easy Guide to Companion Planting and Seed Sowing
Companion Planting in Australia by Brenda Little

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