Pumpkin vegetables rich in properties important for healthy pumpkin is an excellent ingredient for sweet and savory dishes. Here’s how you can grow it in the garden or in a pot on the balcony.
HOW TO GROW PUMPKIN
Rich in essential properties for our health and very versatile in the kitchen. The pumpkin is also easy to grow vegetables. Belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family, coming from Central America. And present in numerous varieties. Pumpkin is a vegetable low in calories but rich in water, carotenes, vitamins A and C, fibers and important mineral salts such as phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. Food to bring to the table often, without forgetting its seeds: not only a healthy snack between meals and a perfect ingredient for salads or to add to bread dough. But also an important source of protein, Omega-3, and iron.
Growing pumpkin in your garden is not at all difficult: the important thing is to choose the right period. And provide the plant with the best conditions as a draining and well-exposed soil in the sun.
HOW TO GROW PUMPKIN: INSTRUCTIONS AND ADVICE
Here then, step by step, how to proceed to grow pumpkin :
Pumpkin must be planted when there is no longer a risk of frost. Late spring or early summer are the best times (the best temperature is between 18 and 24 degrees). But be careful: to have the pumpkins ripe for Halloween you have to plant them in late July, doing it first you will be forced to harvest them in September and have to keep them for over a month.
It is good to know that the pumpkin is a vegetable that requires space for its cultivation: the plant in fact grows by spreading in a branched way through the soil and its branches can even reach a length of 10 cm.
It is also essential that the soil is well fertilized, therefore rich in organic substances, a good solution is the use of nettle macerate. Make sure that it is soft and well-drained. Remove all weeds from the soil and shake it with a rake. It should also be checked that there are no cockroaches near the plant, which feed on the leaves and flowers. Placing the fruit on a wooden shelf can be a clever trick to avoid attracting insects.
The chosen area must be illuminated by the sun throughout the day because pumpkins need a lot of light to grow and take on the typical bright color.
If you live in particularly cold areas, consider starting pumpkin cultivation as soon as temperatures stabilize at 10-12 degrees. Alternatively, place the seeds in some covered jars and then, once the period in which particularly cold and freezing days may occur, proceed with the transplant in the ground.
If, on the other hand, you live in areas where the climate is milder and there is no risk of frost, plant the seeds between April and May. Place 3-4 seeds in deep holes of about 3-4 cm. As soon as the seedlings start to sprout, proceed with the thinning: keep the seedlings stronger and stronger and eliminate the weaker ones.
The first operation to do is to dig large holes and fill them with compost a few days before sowing, in order to prepare the soil for planting.
The pumpkin seeds to be planted must be carefully chosen: speaking of winter squash, the most common types are large pumpkins (those used on Halloween, whose pulp is not actually very tasty), small pumpkins (often used as an ornament) and pumpkins for desserts (grown for food).
Pumpkin plants need to be watered in the morning and when the soil is dry. We must also avoid wetting the leaves: humidity favors the development of a fungus called “white sore” which kills the plant. The more pumpkins grow, the more the amount of water should be limited: before harvesting, it is better to stop watering them completely.
In general, pumpkins are harvested from September to November. Pumpkins can be harvested when the outside is bright orange, while the petiole and leaves begin to dry out. If the pumpkin is soft, do not pick it up: it will rot quickly. The stalk must be cut with shears (and not torn), leaving a few centimeters attached to the fruit of the plant. Finally, the pumpkins must be kept in a sunny and dry place and do not need refrigeration.
PUMPKIN FLOWER COLLECTION
Excellent in batter and perfect for the preparation of a delicious omelet and a good risotto. Courgette flowers can be harvested taking into account not to stop pollination. Our advice is not to collect in the morning but afternoon and to collect only male flowers.
HOW TO GROW PUMPKIN IN POT
If you live in the city and don’t have a garden. You can also grow pumpkin on your balcony or terrace, using a fairly large pot. Obviously it will not be large pumpkins, but smaller ones, always orange, used as ornaments. Here’s how to grow them in the best way.
-Choose a pot of suitable size, both in width and in-depth, for each pumpkin, in order to encourage its growth.
-Start sowing in the spring, inserting the seeds manually at 3-4 centimeters deep. And then cover them with additional handfuls of earth.
-Frequent and abundant watering is necessary for pumpkin plants: however. You should not get carried away and turn the soil of the pot into a puddle. It would be the best way to encourage the appearance of mushrooms. Which are lethal for pumpkins.
-Ornamental gourd plants are creepers and therefore need support to lean on: wooden stakes will work very well to encourage their growth.
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