Today, I was on a mission. And the mission; to plant out the pumpkins.
Every day this week they’ve screamed at me, “plant me plant me,” as I’ve walked past the coldframe in which they’ve sat. “I will I will,” I’ve cried back in an apologetic manner. And nooooo, I haven’t gone insane, I really did hear them say this. Haha.
In fact, everything in the coldframes needs planting out in their final spaces. I think this year has been very testing, with all this rain lately, getting out into the garden has been very difficult. However, the weeds are loving it and I’ve noticed they are starting to develop a right little attitude, much to my annoyance. I haven’t said anything out loud, but between you and me, they’re next on my hit list. Mwa ha ha. Now where was I, oh aye….. Today thankfully, the sky above stayed overcast long enough for me to complete this mission, of which, there are many.
For anyone planting pumpkins for the first time, here’s a step by step – it’s never failed me yet.
1. Dig a hole – a spade deep as wide.
2. Fill the hole with plenty of compost – here I’ve used my own homemade-compost but shop bought is as good, for those who are feeling the money.
3. It took 2 florist sized buckets to fill. Pumpkins are very greedy and need plenty of rich organic matter – do not skimp at this stage.
Homemade-compost. Perfection, if I do say so myself.
4. Time to pop in the plant. Stop !! Check plant for any yellow or damaged leaves and remove them. Plant it slightly deeper then when, it was in its pot. They often send out roots higher up on the stem.
5. Back fill over the compost with the garden soil that came out of the hole, and sprinkle 2 handfuls of fertilizer around the plant. Water in.
6. Step back and admire your hard work. This variety is called Jack O’ Lantern and usually grows to a size slightly bigger than a football – perfect for carving. Also, these need a spacing of no less than a metre each way. I know what your thinking, don’t do it, I have in the past – and it was a nightmare !!
7. And finally; one I carved out last Halloween !
Stay tuned, for further updates about pumpkin growing throughout the season. There’s more!!