Pumpkin Companion Plants, growing pumpkins is surprisingly easy, which makes it a great way to introduce your children to the world of gardening. Whether you want a tiny decorative pumpkin for a table centerpiece or the big prize, winning the pumpkin that Almanzo grows for Farmer Boy is easy to grow and harvest. It is also easy if you want it to grow into a giant pumpkin like the one above. When it comes to harvesting, here are a few tips from the Old Farmer to help you extend the harvest time of your pumpkin.
Help keeps pests away
A companion plant keeps pests away by keeping them away from your pumpkin, but there are a few things you should avoid if you want a good harvest.
The vines of pumpkins are rooted where they come into contact with the soil, and this encourages the roots to produce more pumpkins and stronger plants. In return, pumpkin tendrils shade the ground to keep it moist and keep critters away from the corn. When you mate pollinators and attractors with your pumpkin, you provide a stable pumpkin environment in which to let your garden bloom.
Plants for gardening
Mint flowers can ward off annoying insects, and planting just about any type of marigold next to the pumpkin helps keep root nodes and nematodes away. Radishes can help keep the pumpkins on their leaves and help grow the pumpkins.
I tried my hand at growing the four-sister garden with beans, corn, pumpkins and sunflowers. Pole beans are like the corn and pumpkin mentioned above, butternut squash is a more efficient plant for a small garden. If you harvest more fruit on the vine than pumpkin, you can consider butterfly pumpkins as more efficient plants for small gardens.
Keep vines in mind
When planting peas, you can use the same trellis as cucumbers, but they grow on a trellis with a variety of peas that serve as a companion plant. This family includes strawberries and sunflowers, as well as other plants such as peas, beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.
According to the project “Pumpkin Circle,” the pumpkin vines can be trained to form rows of vines and climb the stems. Planting pumpkins at the edge of your garden can easily direct vine growth into the lawn.
However, the benefits of the practical companion plants in the pumpkin garden are numerous and you will see that they are not only helpful for the pumpkins, but also go well with food. Pumpkins in a group of plants not only help the pumpkin taste better, they are also better with a meal. In this feed we will focus in particular on the accompanying pumpkin plants, which will benefit each other in some way. Avoid planting pumpkins on the same plot of land where potatoes grow, especially if the last few seasons have just occurred.
Be careful with weeds
Be careful not to plant pumpkins or pumpkins where herbicides or transmission of previous crops may be a problem, and be sure to fight weeds with mulch as well. Remember that the pumpkin is tender from plant to plant, so if you don’t want your pumpkin to get all its energy, don’t throw away the squashed, rotting and chewing pumpkins. To support the benefits of planting, avoid planting pumpkin seeds on potatoes in winter.
To bring a pumpkin to full ripeness, it takes 100 to 120 frost-free days and you want to avoid the leaves between the pumpkin plant and the pumpkin. Most pumpkin varieties can be harvested within three months when the fruits ripen on the vine. When it has been wet for a long time, the pumpkin plants grow larger and their fruits ripen faster than if they were planted and embedded in the earth.
If you are sure that your pumpkin is ripe, you can cut it off the stem with a sharp knife. To harvest a pumpkin, take a pruning shear and cut off the pumpkin stem from the vines, leaving about three centimetres of stem to prevent premature rot. When the stems of the growing pumpkins start to crack, it tells you when it is time to harvest. Just like during the corn harvest, cut off the stems so that the pumpkin can sunbathe and ripen in full sun.
The worst plant that grows next to the pumpkin
Planting sunflowers nearby and placing them around the pumpkin can distract the beetles from feasting on the pumpkins.
The worst plant that grows next to the pumpkin is the potato, because it can inhibit the growth of pumpkin plants. Experienced pumpkin growers advise that you need at least two or three different lavender plants around the pumpkins. Lavender helps attract bees, which are important pollinators of the plant, so it is a good idea to set up a hive to support pollination. Lavender has a number of benefits for the pumpkin, but experienced pumpkin growers advise that you need one or two beehives in the same area.