Pumpkins: How to grow
Pumpkins are simple to grow and the fruits store excellently in a cool, dry place.
Great for growing with kids and delicious roasted or used for making soups.
Pumpkins like a rich soil, so you need to incorporate plenty of organic matter, such as Gro-Sure Farmyard Manure before sowing seeds into the ground in March.
Water the area well before sowing and then sow 2 or 3 seeds in a group, 2cm (1 inch) deep, allowing 90cm (35 inches) between groups to give the pumpkin room to grow.
Sprinkle a general fertiliser such as Growmore Fertiliser over the soil after sowing.
Once the seeds have germinated, select the strongest seedling in each group, removing the others.
Pumpkins need to be watered regularly and feed well with a liquid fertiliser, such as Gro-Sure Tomato Food once the fruits start to swell.
Fruit are generally ready for harvesting in September.