I've just found this topic (after being on MN for years ) and I'm thinking "Garden" now.
I bought a tray of Jack O' Lanterns from Aldi a couple of weeks ago. I tried last year to grow pumpkins from seeds but nothing
These are about 5" high now. Still in their original pots, I'm feeding and watering, but I need to get them out soon.
I read some information, I need a 'heap' of soil and they'll grow long vines (and take over basically) I want to harvest them for Hallowe'en (I don't expect them to get big, but my plan was a pile of small decorated pumpkins rather than those monsters )
So..... where to site them. How close together? When to plant them (I'm in Essex) and what to feed them with. Do I pinch them out (assuming I get that far) or just let them wander. I know I might not get all three to flourish, there were 4 but one got snapped off in transit DD fault
Oh lovely! We had 20+ last big fruit year, from maybe 6 plants. I'm only 75 miles north of you or so. There is a lot of info online for planting out in England, not usually until June. We never fed ours . They need regular watering in summer if it's not often raining where you are. It's not too late to buy a pack of seeds & try growing your own.
20+ from 6 plants I might get maybe 3 per plant ( I would rather have more smaller ones for decoration purposes so I'll need to see when /if they flower)
I have a batch of homemade compost brewing and if they're going to grow 6'-10' that would solve the problem of what to do with our raggy looking bit of garden . DH can make some large raised troughs (he keeps a good supply of Bits of Wood ) and I could plant them there.