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How to Grow Pumpkin at Home


How to grow Pumpkin

How to Grow Pumpkin at Home

  • The pumpkins tear shaped seeds are planted in a mound in the garden.
  • Add lots of compost to the mound.
  • Four to six pumpkin seeds can be planted in each mound.
  • Allow 3-4 meters between the mounds.
  • The pumpkin trails and spreads itself out.
  • They make a very good ground cover.


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Companion Planting with Pumpkin

    Companions (do well together)
  • Pumpkins enjoy the company of Nasturtiums, Mint, Beans and Radish.
  • Pumpkins love to grow under corn

  • Antagonists (don't do well together)
  • Keep Potatoes away for Pumpkin, they are not good neighbors.

Tips on Harvesting Pumpkin

  • The hard shell of the Pumpkin allows us to store it over a long period of time.
  • Pumpkins spread their beautiful tendrils when they grow, which bear edible leaves and flowers and finally succulent fruit.
  • You can pick pumpkin leaves and flowers and add to them into a salad, or cook them like spinach.
  • Pumpkin can be baked, boiled, fried and roasted or eaten raw or made into soups, breads and fritters.
  • Pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin jam are yummy treats.
  • Raw pumpkin seeds have more nutritional benefits than roasted ones.
  • Dried pumpkin seeds are great to nibble when hungry.
  • Pumpkin seeds mixed with sunflower seeds, sesame, nuts and dried fruit are a beneficial healthy snack.

Recipe to Cook Organic Pumpkin


Pumpkin leaf and flower recipe
  • Harvest young leaves and flowers from the pumpkin vine.
  • Wash the leaves and flowers with cool water.
  • Strip the spines off the leaves and stems (otherwise you will get a prickly tongue)
  • Chop up one onion.
  • Fry the onion lightly.
  • Add the leaves and fry till tender.
  • Sprinkle with soy sauce, salt and pepper.
  • Add the chopped flowers and remove from the heat.
  • Serve with cous cous, rice or fresh bread.

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