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CUCURBITA PEPO

Courge    Pumpkin   Calabaza   Kürbis

Crop Rotation Group :Cucurbits (Squash family)Squash-summer

Soil :Rich soil with plenty of compost added. Often grown in widely spaced enriched hills, or in layered compost heaps that include some soil.

Position : Full sun.

Frost tolerant : No.


Companionage

Helps: corn
Helped by:
Buckwheat, jimson weed, catnip, oregano, tansy, radishes, nasturtiums
Avoid:
potatoes
Attracts:
Spiders, Ground Beetles
Repels:
flea beetles, cucumber beetles


 Plantation

Sow and Plant :Sow seeds 1 inch deep in hills spaced 6 feet apart. After 2 weeks, thin to 2 plants per hill.

Germination:  5-10 days

Spacing : Single Plants: 2′ 11″ (90cm) each way; Rows: 2′ 11″ (90cm) with 2′ 11″ (90cm) row gap

Feeding : After plants set fruit, feed twice, at two week intervals, with a water soluble plant food.


Harvesting :When the plant die back or before freezing weather, cut pumpkins leaving a stub of stem attached. Wipe clean and store indoors.

Yield per 10ft of row: 40lbs

Time to harvest: 90-120days


Troubleshooting :Radishes can be used as a trap crop against flea beetles, Cucurbita can be used in the three sisters technique. Nasturtiums repel squash bugs. Squash bugs, squash vine borers and cucumber beetles can be formidable pests. Cover young plants with row covers to exclude them.

Notes :Fruit size varies with variety. Small « pie » pumpkins are easy to grow and produce nutritious, flavorful flesh.