CULTIVATING A PUMP IN THE MOSCOW REGION - MY RESPONSES ON VARIETIES AND CARE
Few people consider this culture their favorite - but in vain. It is much more useful than potatoes, while the pumpkin menu has an exquisite taste and great variety.
COMPACT FOR PUMPKIN - HOMES
There is one culture to which I relate in a special way - it is a pumpkin. The plant is powerful, beautiful, it has a special, stubborn character, and I love to tame it. The pumpkin is just rushing with all its might, but exactly where I need to go. And I need her to grow up. In the absence of extra space, cucumbers grow in barrels and pumpkins do not spread on the ground like everyone else, but move up and feel great.
You have a year published article LA Zemskovoy. All anything, but I was struck by the amount of fertilizer used by the author. I don’t feed my pumpkin at all with any chemicals, just watering the same way as Lyudmila Aleksandrovna, using a bucket on a bush.
Pumpkin loves organic matter, but we do not have a village, but private houses on the outskirts of the city. Few people keep chickens, and manure - only in the store, in dry form. Therefore, my pumpkin grows on compost. A box of smooth slate is divided in half by a wall: in one part four pumpkins grow each year, the other I fill up all summer with grass, food waste, finely chopped raspberry branches, etc.
People are trying to make their compost perepreplya faster and turned into black fertile land, and I have this process occurs under the pumpkin and cucumbers.
In the spring, I remove the layer of earth from the part where the pumpkin was and will be again, and pile it together in a pile on a large piece of oilcloth. In the other part, the compost has not yet been broken, it has only been compressed during the winter. That's what I need. I throw this good in forks into the next part (under the pumpkin) and in the barrels for cucumbers, and then I work with the ground.
In the children's bath I mix two buckets of earth, a bucket of sawdust, pretreated with urea, a half-liter jar of ash and the same jar of crushed eggshell. I pour this mixture under the cucumbers with a layer of 20-25 cm, and under the pumpkin I first put a layer of fresh grass mowed from the lawn, and then the same layer of earth mixture. Of course, I still have the extra earth - light, crumbly. With it, I mulch strawberries, raspberries, and so on. There, over the summer, I spread grass two times a year.
Heat of the earth
All love to plant seedlings. Sow with a margin to select the strongest plants. When I dig the holes, my hands feel the heat. Well, how can you not grow? Of course, excavation work is hard, but worth it. The soul rejoices when thick, powerful shoots of a future pumpkin appear from the seedlings.
Of course, I send them to a special structure made of reinforcement. First, on a rope with knots, and when they reach the top, I throw it over iron rods and then around them and twist it around.
I have the other end of the rope on the roof of the summer shower. And then the beauty begins: huge green leaves grow and among them are orange flowers. I remove all the side shoots, leave two or three pumpkins on one lash, pinch the growth point. If this is not done, impassable jungles are formed.
The photo was taken on 20 July, at this time I feed pumpkins and everything else with nettle extract, adding dry chicken droppings and onion peel there. At the same time, I put a grid on the pumpkin and tie it to the fixture. The nets were crocheted from durable thin twine on the avosek principle - remember, these were before? Pumpkins grow another two months, and if they are not tied, they will come off, because each weighs from 5 to 10 kg.
I Grade Prague, four bush give 12-15 pieces. If the reinforcement bends, I put the supports from the timber. This method helps to save space, and let the pumpkin on the ground - so it will need a whole field. I do not have this field.
In the fall, all the tops - pumpkins, cucumbers, and a lot more - I grind into a compost pit; in the spring, all the work is repeated.
Someone, my idea will seem laborious - I do not argue. Fortunately, the cucumber barrels are three steps away from the pumpkin, so I manage the land works in the spring ... in just one day!
Delicious puree made from pumpkin
An interesting recipe for pumpkin dishes sent Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Zemskova, we must try. And I do the workpiece for the winter. If you make it thinner, you can call it juice with pulp, if you drain the excess water and make it thicker - you get mashed potatoes.
The bottom line is that the peeled pumpkin must be cut into cubes. Put kg of 2,5-3 into the pan, pour water below the level of the pumpkin and cook over low heat. Then drain some of the water, but do not pour it out! Grind pumpkin blender. Now we need two oranges and one lemon. From one orange we take a zest (we remove by a grater) and both we clear of films.
Grind the zest and orange slices with a blender by adding lemon juice. Pour the fruit mixture into the pot with pumpkin and add sugar - a glass or half a cup. Water previously drained adjusts the density. Then bring to a boil and roll into sterilized jars. You can boil 5 minutes for reliability.
Children adore this mashed potatoes with pancakes, pancakes, cheesecakes - tasty and healthy!
© Author: Tatiana MOISEEVA, Pushkino Moscow Region