Intro: Super Sized Pumpkins
We've grown a fair few things on out allotment over the past few years but nothing quite as big as these!
This is how we did it.
Step 1: Have Suitable Land and Helpers
We had to make some space in the allotment as we knew that pumpkins can cover a lot of ground.
After searching around, we found 2 willing volunteers to help with the project.
Step 2: Pot Up the Seeds
Not all of the pots shown are pumpkins, but a variety of veggies that we grow.
I carefully label each pot, with the name and the date so I know what should be growing and when.
These are kept indoors before being transferred to the greenhouse and then out to the plot.
Meanwhile, we prepare the ground with plenty of well rotten manure.
Always handy to have a helper to get the manure off the trailer.
Step 3: Planting Out
When the seeds have germinated and are growing well it may be time to transfer them to the ground if the last frost has past.
Pumpkins can be sown directly into the ground in late May to early June.
They need to be fairly well spread out as they can grow to be quite large. (As we found out) Anything from 1m to 3m apart.
They like to be well watered, although they do have long roots to find their own water, it's best early on to keep them hydrated.
We used lots of manure to to enrichen the soil.
As you can see, they start off quite small, and then take over and trail across the plot.
Step 4: Harvest Time
Leave the pumpkins for as long as possible to harden.
You may need to raise them off the ground as they can rot if left to sit on wet soil.
Pumpkins can be used for Halloween decorations, soup, pie, or giving your helpers somewhere to sit.