Squashes of all kinds

When planting out pumpkins, squashes & courgettes — whether home grown or store-bought — seedlings will need acclimatising to conditions outdoors before planting out (also known as ‘hardening’)

  • If you are lucky enough to have a cold frame, place plants outside during the day and bring them in at night.
  • by mid-May / early June it should be safe to plant them out
  • water well before planting
  • plant trailing pumpkins & other squashes 6 feet (1.8m) apart
  • plant bush pumpkins, squash & courgette 3 feet apart (90 cm)


Curcubits are greedy feeders.  Enrich soil with well-rotted compost or manure and general fertiliser.

  • after about 6 weeks – when fruit has set – give the patch a high-potash fertiliser every 10-14 days (about once every 2 weeks)

Squashes can be grown in containers at least 18 inches wide (45 cm)

** The Cucurbitacea plant family includes pumpkin, courgette, squash, along with cucumber, watermelon, and various other melons.  Evidence of the cultivation of these plant types goes back to ancient times.