Plant Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkins are easy to cultivate and great fun to grow with children! They are summer-growing annuals that require warm daytime temperatures, plenty of water, moisture-retentive soil, and shelter from cold winds. Pumpkin seeds are best planted outside directly in the ground as soon as the frost has disappeared. Earlier pumpkins can be planted out in pots, but be careful not to keep them in pots for too long, and to replant them outside without disturbing the roots. There is a great variety of pumpkins to choose from, the classic "Connecticut Field" to the massive "Atlantic Giant". Pick your favourite and let's get planting!
1. Gather your gear
You will need the following: - Secateurs - Terracotta Pot - Pencil and plant marker - A mixture of compost and well-draining soil
2. Harvest your seeds
Cut open your pumpkin or squash variety of choice. Remove the pulp and seeds from inside the pumpkin.
3. Rinse your seeds
Rinse the seeds in running water to remove the pulp. Once you have rinsed a good amount of seeds, sort through them and choose the biggest ones. Larger seeds will have a better chance of germinating. Place the rinsed seeds on a dry paper towel. Make sure they are spaced out; otherwise, the seeds will stick to one another.
4. Time to plant
Use well drained, humus rich soil for planting. Place the seeds about double the size deep. Always plant individual seeds on the side and at a slight angle to make sure water will run off to prevent it from rotting.
Cover your seeds with a top layer of soil. Pumpkins enjoy plenty of nitrogen so feed them with a manure or compost mix a few weeks after planting. Ensure your pumpkins are well watered until they are well established.
6. Take note
It is always wise to label your pot with the date sown and the variety of pumpkin. Your plants should germinate in less than a week with the right soil temperature, and emerge in 5 to 10 days.