Pumpkins and zucchini in the beds with organic fertilizers - my reviews
THERE ARE LARGE WOODS AND PUMPKINS, GREATLY FILL BANDS WITH ORGANIC
At the very beginning of my letter, I would like to thank the authors of the letters who share their invaluable experience with us. Thanks to your advice, we have learned how to get decent harvests even in the most adverse conditions. Thanks!
I started gardening not so long ago, and what seems to me now obvious, used to baffle me. For example, I have never been able to grow a pumpkin. From the outward appearance of the plant it was noticeable that it was simply trying to survive, there was no question of the development of fruits of more or less decent sizes. Tips on reducing the number of stems on the plant and pinching the growth points on them did not help much.
WHAT HAS BEEN HIDDEN IN THE ROOTS OF THE PUMPKIN
Studying the articles, I came to the conclusion that the pumpkin is a rather "gluttonous" plant. The land richly filled with organic matter is the main guarantee of a good harvest. Armed with this information, in the spring I started looking for a place for pumpkins, and my gaze accidentally settled on a low box of compost. Last year, in the fall, the box was filled to the brim with organic waste - plant tops, fallen leaves, weeds, food waste from the kitchen ... The organic matter has not yet completely decomposed, and the look of this box somehow did not please the eye. However, intuitively, I realized that this is the perfect place to grow pumpkins.
In mid-May, she sowed seeds for seedlings. Since we have cold snaps in June in the Urals, the seedlings grow in my greenhouse until they are planted in open ground. In mid-June, when the threat of night frosts passed, she planted the plants in a box with compost that had not rotted to the end. Previously, I added a little soil to each hole so that the roots of the plant at this stage did not come into contact with the compost.
And here I would like to stop for a minute to share a very interesting observation. What I was lucky enough to see with my own eyes finally convinced me that pumpkins are very fond of organic matter. This happened on the very day when I started transplanting seedlings from the greenhouse into the box.
Having dug up another applicant for a transplant with a shovel, I saw that its roots looked strange.
Unlike its predecessors with common roots, consisting mainly of a main taproot and lateral adventitious roots, this plant had a dense tangle of roots, as if there was a ball inside. Moreover, some of the roots were quite thick.
It gave the impression that it had not one taproot, but three. Adventitious clauses stretched from each thick root, and they all squeezed something tightly inside. I wondered what it was. As a result, upon close examination, I realized: inside the roots there were ... unrefined remnants of kitchen waste, which I dug into the greenhouse beds in the fall. At least the onion husks and banana peels were clearly visible.
As a result, I transplanted this plant, which so tenderly kept the “tasty” in the tight plexus of its roots, into a box. Then she covered the young plants with thin lutrasil for two weeks so that the leaves adapt to the new conditions and to protect them from direct sunlight.
The plants began to grow rapidly, the leaves were large and dense, the stems beautifully descended from the sides of the box. When the flowering began, I manually pollinated the female flowers, since there are no bees in our area, and bumblebees mostly worked on flowers and raspberries. This method was taught to me by my good friend, an enthusiastic gardener Klavdia Aleksandrovna.
To pollinate the female flower, I pluck the male flower, remove all the petals so that the central anther remains, and run along the core of the female flower, like a brush.
I do the same with zucchini. We gave this method of pollination a funny name: "Mom - Dad".
On this, caring for the pumpkin can be considered complete. They weren't watered often, they didn't give fertilizers, the stems weren't normalized, and the extra fruits weren't removed. Forced trimming of the lashes was done only if they interfered with walking along the paths between the beds.
Thus, I solved two problems at once. The first - began to get a decent harvest of pumpkins. The second was to clean up the compost bin. Needless to say, how beautiful it now looks in the fall - large, rich green, healthy leaves, smoothly falling from the edges of the box, and large bright orange pumpkins.
A true garden decoration!
By the way
Pumpkin is so healthy that it is grown everywhere except Antarctica. According to the biological classification, it, like a watermelon, is a berry. The substances contained in it really slow down the aging of the body, and also contribute to the absorption of food, therefore nutritionists advise using pumpkin as a side dish. Pumpkin juice is a great remedy for insomnia.
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I want to share one of the random experiments. After processing the tomatoes, I had a solution of boric acid left, and I couldn’t think of anything better than spraying a pumpkin that had just begun to bloom. I planted it on heaps of good imported land.
I dug holes in the soil, put a piece of plastic mesh on the bottom, and made a cylinder out of it to protect plants from moles.
Then she poured humus, watered and planted pumpkin seedlings. I plant cucumbers, watermelons and cucumbers in the same cylinders.
It's time to harvest. Two pumpkins grew to unprecedented sizes: each 25 kg! Weighed - pulled more than 200 kg. For a whole month in the evenings I cooked candied fruits, dried 30 kg, made juice, jam, mashed potatoes ... I cooked porridge from the remaining fresh pumpkin, prepared casseroles for children, rubbed and froze.
In the article by M.E. Cherry "The Secret of Pumpkin Roots" says that the substances contained in the pumpkin slow down the aging of the body. Do I think that I am so young? Of course, so many pumpkins to eat ... But if it's no joke, my papillomas disappeared without a trace. So think.
I cultivate the garden alone, so in the spring I need to plant and sow everything on time. I plant seeds of pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, corn, cucumbers, beans, chickpeas, peas in snails. When everything is dug up, it remains only to plant seedlings.
How to plant and grow pumpkins and zucchini on a compost heap?
Can it be done?
- Of course, you can, if you did not add manure, bird droppings and nitrogen fertilizers to the compost heap (in this case, a large accumulation of nitrates is possible in pumpkins). In general, growing zucchini and pumpkins on a compost heap is no different from the usual. In addition, when growing, no fertilizers are needed and watering is usually needed less frequently.
I offer you a recipe for a very tasty zucchini caviar. To prepare caviar you will need:
- 3 kg of zucchini,
- 2 kg of tomatoes,
- 1 kg of carrots,
- 1 kg of onion.
Grate carrots on a coarse grater. Tomatoes, onions, zucchini
cut. Fry each vegetable separately in sunflower oil for 10-15 minutes. Then pass everything through a meat grinder, mix, add 2 tablespoons of salt, 4 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
Cook for an hour and a half, stirring constantly so that the caviar does not burn. Place hot caviar in jars and roll up.