A versatile crop, pumpkins can be enjoyed in soups, stews and pies or used as an ornamental element. These winter squash are very nutritious, high in vitamin A, potassium, niacin, iron and protein. Pumpkins store well in cool temperatures. Growing Tips: Pumpkins thrive in well-drained soil that has been enriched with compost. Plant seed directly in the garden once all risk of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to 21°C. May be grown in rows with the seed planted 2cm ( ¾” – 1”) deep and 3 to 4 seeds per foot. Rows should be spaced 180cm (72”) apart and the seedlings thinned to 45 to 60cm (18-24”) once they have sprouted and are growing well. To plant in hills, sow 5 to 6 seeds per hill, thinning to 3 seedlings/mound. Space 180cm (72”) apart. Harvest before the heavy frosts by cutting the vine 15cm (6”) from the fruit.
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