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.