Buttercups and Pumpkins

Gardener:Simone15nz

Date:02 Dec 2020

Blog Type:Vegetables

Even though I have limited garden space on a 300m2 section I didn't want to compromise on not growing buttercups and pumpkins. Vertical gardening has been my friend for growing buttercup. So far, so good with training it to go up the netting running along the back of the sweetcorn patch.

Down the other end I planted a Golden Nugget Pumpkin. I thought this also would grow up the frame, but have since learnt from Sarah that it will grow similar to a zucchini in that it will grow miniature pumpkins in a small clump. Because it grows in what I would almost call a bush it's the perfect pumpkin for gardens with small spaces. It's doing really well and is one I will definitely grow again from seed next year. 

I also have a soft spot for Queensland Blue pumpkins. I decided I would experiment with this one. I've planted a plant at one end of the sweetcorn patch and am then running it over the side. I wasn't sure that this would be too successful, but the plant is doing really well. I haven't been able to get over the size of the leaves! They're larger that a dinner plate. I actually put a plate beside one of the leaves in the photo to give you an idea. I'm looking forward to seeing how this works out over the course of the summer. 

Luke is also growing an Atlantic Giant out the front of our property. Soon we'll pull off the excess flowers and fruit so that the plant focuses on putting all its energy into 1-2 pumpkins. 

All of our pumpkins had sheep pellets and Yates Vegan Fertilizer dug into the top soil at the start of the growing season. I've also been feeding them with Yates Thrive Natural Fish and Seaweed. The base of all the plants have been mulched with pea straw. Hopefully this helps to retain the moisture over summer as well as adding a little bit extra to the soil as it breaks down. 

Buttercups and Pumpkins