Pumpkins are a type of winter squash that is a member of the gourd family of plants.
Please see below for a brief introduction to growing pumpkin. For a full description, see this page on how to grow squash.
- April – June
- Planting depth: 2.5 cm
- Planting spacing: 90 cm between plants, 90 cm between rows (minimum distances)
- September – October
- Store in a cool dry place
My suggestions for growing a big pumpkin for Haloween are as follows:
- Start early to give a long growing season
- Protect young pumpkins from any risk of frost
- Dig a big hole where you want to transplant your seedling to and fill with manure and compost
- Water regularly (never let your soil dry out)
- Feed with fertilizer
Some pumpkins are grown specifically for carving. Taste is not necessarily important. I learned this lesson from experience. I tried roasting a chopped up carving pumpkin amongst other vegetables, and ended up ruining the meal owing to its bitter taste. I have not made this mistake since.
If a carving pumpkin is what you would like to grow, look for varieties that grow big.
If growing for eating, check that the pumpkin variety says on the packet it is meant for eating. You may like to look at squash varieties too.