How to Grow Your Own Squashes

How to Grow Your Own Squashes

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Are you ready to have a go at growing squashes? Look no further, as we have got you covered. In this blog, we will take you through a comprehensive guide on how to grow pumpkins and other varieties of squash in the UK.

Getting Started

Before we get started, it's essential to know that pumpkins etc. are warm-season crops that require a long growing season. Therefore, it's best to plant them from May to early June to ensure they have enough time to mature before the first frost.

Choosing the Right Variety

The first step is choosing the right variety. There are several types of pumpkins and squashes, and each requires different growing conditions. Here are some popular varieties you can consider:

  • Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin: This variety is perfect for carving and has a bright orange colour.
  • Butternut Squash: It has a sweet, nutty flavour and is perfect for soups and stews.
  • Spaghetti Squash: It's oval-shaped and has a yellow flesh that resembles spaghetti when cooked.
  • Acorn Squash: It has a sweet and slightly nutty flavour and is perfect for roasting.

Preparing the Soil

Pumpkins and squashes require well-draining soil that's rich in organic matter. It's best to prepare the soil a few weeks before planting to allow the organic matter to decompose. You can add compost or well-rotted manure to the soil to improve its fertility.


Once you have prepared the soil, it's time to plant your pumpkin and squash seeds. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Plant the seeds in hills or mounds that are about 6-8 feet apart.
  • Plant the seeds about 1 inch deep and cover them with soil.
  • Water the seeds immediately after planting and keep the soil moist until they germinate.

Caring for Your Pumpkins and Squashes


Pumpkins and squashes require regular watering, especially during hot, dry weather. It's best to water them deeply once a week rather than giving them shallow waterings throughout the week.


Pumpkins and squashes are heavy feeders and require regular fertilizing to produce healthy fruits. You can use a balanced fertilizer that's rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

Pest and Disease Control

Pumpkins and squashes are vulnerable to several pests and diseases, including squash bugs, cucumber beetles, and powdery mildew. You can prevent these pests and diseases by:

  • Using row covers to protect your plants from pests.
  • Removing any infected plants or leaves immediately.
  • Spraying your plants with an organic insecticide or fungicide.


Pumpkins and squashes are ready for harvest when their skins are firm and have fully turned their respective colours. Use a sharp knife to cut the stem, leaving at least 1 inch of stem attached to the fruit.


After harvesting your pumpkins and squashes, it's essential to store them properly to ensure they last for as long as possible. Here are some tips for storing pumpkins and squashes:

  • Leave the fruits in a warm, dry place for a few days to cure the skin.
  • Store the fruits in a cool, dry place with good ventilation.
  • Do not store pumpkins and squashes near fruits that produce ethylene gas, such as apples and bananas.
  • Check your pumpkins and squashes regularly for any signs of rot or decay.


Growing pumpkins and squashes in the UK can be a rewarding experience, but it requires patience and care. By following the tips outlined in this blog, you'll be on your way to growing healthy and delicious pumpkins and squashes in no time. Happy growing!

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