Growing Pumpkins

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Pumpkins require a lot of space but they can still be grown in gardens, a home garden, or in pots. If you have a terrace, you can experiment with the cultivation of a pumpkin plant or small decorative pumpkins. They can grow several meters and grow well as a climber. If you have a metal fence or a hedge, you can plant some seeds and allow them to grow and climb on their own.

Seed sowing must be carried out between March and May. You should prepare a small hole in the ground, two or three centimeters deep, where you can add two or three seeds or a seedling from a nursery. If you want to plant more pumpkins, the distance between the holes must be at least two meters.

Pumpkins want at least six hours of sunlight a day. Therefore you you should avoid places that are too shady. During growth the tip of the plant should be cut to facilitate the growth of side shoots, this way the plant will produce more pumpkins. The plant should be watered on a regular basis, especially during early development. You should fertilize the plant with a product low in nitrogen.

If there are children at home, have them participate in choosing the type of pumpkin they would like to plant and involve them in its cultivation. It’s very educational for them to be able to cultivate their own pumpkins, which then provide decorations for the celebration of “Halloween”.


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