How to grow miniature pumpkins

Aren’t mini pumpkins the cutest? I think so, and I hope you agree with me.

For those of you like me that kinda like gardening and DYI projects, I decided to make some little plots of miniature pumpkins. But please, do not take all my literal words from it, I haven’t really got a plot I should be proud of, just started with the seeds now, but hopefully they’ll turn out ok.

But here’s the method I am following:

First choose a place where they can get as much sun as possible; they might not be big but they are big feeders.

Then, unless you’re using a self-watering container, make sure your pot has drainage holes. Irrigation water should be able to flow freely from the container to avoid creating soggy soil. If your container lacks drainage holes, add them. Several smaller holes work better than one large hole.

Now, this isn’t the time to actually plant the seeds, they are frost sensitive so you should aim for mid-Spring to make sure they are happy buggers.

Get some seeds of JBL – Jack B. Little – pumpkin, and on your pot put 3 or four seeds as the ramifications get quite big and use up some space. Miniature pumpkins are vining plants. If you are limited in your garden space, plant miniature pumpkins where they can grow on a trellis or fence. If you are growing them in a container select a very large one.

The soil should be rich and you should remember to fertilize every week or so – ensure that you keep an eye in so they look pretty and healthy.

Water your miniature pumpkins thoroughly until water runs freely through the bottom of the container whenever the soil feels dry 1 inch below the surface. Plants grown in containers need more frequent watering than those grown in the soil do. Your miniature pumpkins may require daily watering, especially during hot, dry periods.

Each plant produces up to 8-10 cute, little miniature pumpkin fruits. Harvest when they turn completely orange, and the stem has dried and turned brown in color. Cut the stem near the vine with a sharp knife. Be careful not to break the stem.

You can find more information here or here or even here!

Have fun gardening!!!

Claudia

Welcome Autumn!

Or Fall. Whichever you call it – It’s my favourite season of the year time!!!

I know I boost about Summer and Spring but let’s be honest; recently I have developed some hay fever which means that Spring is blocked nose time and Summer, yes, everything is light, but I am always sweating and my hair is plastered to my face half of the time (it’s not a very sexy look, I swear!).

But Autumn… ahhh the hot chocolates are good again, the whole streets are orange with the faint glow of the cold sun. It rains and I have an excuse not to put on pants. Heavy sweaters and scarves. Ah, good times.

I know, I know, it also gets muddy and rainy and grey, but I live in the UK, rain and clouds are pretty much part of the deal – let me have the gold leaves and my scarves and I’ll be happy in my cosy sweaters.

I understand this comes a bit late, but holidays were here and the free time I had, I wasn’t very inspired or blog worthy.

Happy Autumn, everyone!

Claudia x