Monday, 7 November 2022

In My Seed Box for 2022 - Pumpkin

Thanks to winning the Equigrow Halloween Competition last year I have two packs of Suttons F1 Becky Pumpkin seeds. 20 seeds per pack costing £2.79 a pack with a sow by date of 2023 and a packed year ending 2021.

With good storage Pumpkin seeds can last 6 - 10 years.

Sow April/ June in a propagator on a windowsill or one seed per 75mm (3") pot in a greenhouse at approx 20-25C (68-78F) using a good quality compost. Cover seeds with 19mm (3/4") compost. 

Germination 5 - 8 days. 

Grow on, planting out when frost risk has passed, 91cm (3') between plants each way. Alternatively sow outside May/June when frost risk has passed, 2 seeds per station 25mm (1") deep. Thin to strongest seedling. Restrict fruits to 3 - 4 per plant. 

Grows best in rich soil sowing to Cropping 18 - 20 weeks.

Depending on how I do with planning and getting plot 1 infrastructure finished I may not grow these in 2023. We have not done Halloween since 2020 and the pandemic and we don't have any little people in the family that do, these days. 

If I don't grow any for consumption, then the seeds will be offered to my plot neighbours who do have kids and grandchildren.  

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