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Aug2013 249 Spirals on a Pumpkin plant
I grow our pumpkins in compost bins. One each in 3 of them. I fill each bin with 3 layers, compost in the bottom, fresh horse manure in the middle and soil in the top layer. Then I put one plant in the top of each. Well! that's the principle anyway though these days compromises are made due to age & frailties. The plants start to grow and soon begin to go crazy sending out ever lengthening shoots all over the place which I daren't stop until I'm sure that some pumpkins have set. I train the plants as much as I can by plunging long bamboo canes in the soil around the bins for the tendrils to attach themselves so that the plants twine around above the bins. Eventually they get the better of that and start attaching themselves anywhere & everywhere. This year they've gone more mad than ever and have created a real jungle. It's quite an obstacle course to be able to get to and open our shed door. But as far as I've been able to see there are quite a few developing pumpkins.