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It depends on the plant. Harvest time is not until October. They should grow all summer long with many pumpkins on the vine.
Thanks they seem to be doing fine, it is a massive plant but then i havent grown it before, so i dont know. i have six pumpkins and i have already ut off four
It depends on the variety of pumpkin, your growing season, your space available and watering, whether or not you have squash vine borers or squash bugs or stink bugs around, whether or not you intend the pumpkins for food or decoration, what zone you’re in, when they were started and transplanted. The answer is anywhere from at least 1 ot 3 or 4 or more.
btw, I like to grow small pumpkins in with my sweet corn. The corn stalks are strong enough to support the 6 inch diameter pumpkins, and it confuses the deer who never think to look UP when they smell pumpkin.
thanks. i have six pumpkins on the plant but i have already cut off four. I didnt grow sweetcorn, in fact i puled it out when i realised that it wouldnt really do much with our climate. i may try and support them with a frame though.
watering is no problem as it rains every day here and the pumpkin plant is taking whatever space it needs – it hasnt given me the choice!
I haven’t personally grown pumpkins so no idea. My parents used to grow them years ago but they were always rather small and few in number.
Greenbeans mixed in with sweet corn works out well, too! I may try sugar snap peas with sweet corn next year when I have more space for a garden, right now I’m limited to containers.
This year I planted a couple of pole bean seeds next to each sweet corn plant after it was up about 3 inches. The deer went for the bean leaves instead of the corn, but left LOTS and lots of the pole beans, which are all over the cornstalks long after the ears have been picked. I’m almost done filling my freezer with the fresh beans, and after that I’ll let the pods swell up and take the “shuckies” the fresh plump seeds inside the pods, which I’ll cook up for chili. And I’ll save a pound or two for seed for next year.
Next year I want to try alternating black eyed peas (for fresh greens, edible pods, fresh shuckies AND dried peas) or cow peas, and turnips, in between my rows of sweet corn. I also want to close plant a few rows of corn just for baby corn, the ears you harvest at about 3 inches, when the tassles first appear, which can bbe eaten raw (sweet and crunchy!) or in stir fries or boiled. Apparently if it’s only for baby corn you can plant them as close as 4 inches apart.
Always like to try a few new things each year. Interplanting can be fun. I also interplan ted cucmbers with pole beans on a trelis this year and the cucmbers interplanted with beans did a lot better than the ones on their own. And also, the deer went for the bean leaves instead of my cucmbers!
Finally, I grew kohlrabi among my kale, lettuce, cabbage, etc and the rabbits went for the kohlrabi leaves (which I don’t eat, anyway) and left everything else alone.
Saves a lot of money on fences and defensive junk if I just plant a few goodies for my enemies so they leave what I want alone. Plus I got to eat the kohlrabis themselves. Yum.
Mixing legumes in with the other crops is also great for the soil since legumes “fix” nitrogen in the soil. Plus it looks a lot more interesting than rows of boring stuff!
Here’s a great link on companion planting with a table http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/complant.html#traditional
I also like to plant some garlic about the perennials to keep the aphids away. Whenever I end up with garlic growing in the house, I just plant it out there since it’s too bitter to eat at that point.
I like to grow multiple smallish pumpkins for food, but even so I stick to three or 4 per vine. If you have a lot of space, like the people here in Michigan who trail them out into their lawns, you can grow more. Also, another consideration is you can force parts of the vine to put in roots (by covering part of it with dirt), and in a sense become a new vine, essentially a clone cutting of the old vine. You’d probably want to read a bit on the technique. It’s essentially like doing a clone cutting, so you can get more viable pumpkins from “one” vine.
Great, I think i’ll try to get them to plant roots, as i dont want to cut any more off. I am growing them for eating but it would be great to have a couple of ornamental ones too. Its a really strong plant. It remind s me a bit of little shop of horrors.
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once your pumpkins have started growing and reach a good size, ive been advised to put them on a straw bed and roll them over every few days, hope this helps some one.
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