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Tactics Used By Farmers To Grow Pumpkins

In some African countries, such as Kenya, pumpkin farming is typically extremely simple, particularly in rural areas. The fruits of the pumpkin can be used to produce flour, thicken the soup, or even be boiled and eaten for breakfast, while the leaves and seeds are eaten as vegetables. White giant, Israel giant, and Egyptian giant are the most frequent pumpkin varieties that grow well in Kenya.

PREPARATION OF THE LAND AND ECOLOGICAL REQUIREMENTS.

Till the ground before planting pumpkins to allow adequate root spending and to break hardpans. Pumpkins thrive in hot weather, with temperatures ranging from 18 to 27 degrees Celsius. It is possible to plant it twice a year.

PLANTING.

Prepare dirt mounds to allow the sun's heat to penetrate the soil. Drainage is also improved by mounds. Place the pumpkin seeds at a depth of 2 to 3 inches and cover them with a thin layer of soil. Plant 2 to 3 meters apart by 2 to 3 meters apart. When planting, use organic fertilizers. Chicken droppings, well-rotten cow dung, and decomposed manure are among the favored organic fertilizers.

CONTROLLING WEEDS.

When weeding on a pumpkin farm, it's best to utilize the uprooting approach to avoid injuring the flowering pumpkin vines.

IRRIGATION.

To prevent disease spread, watering should be done in the morning or during the day. Water the plant regularly to ensure adequate nutrient absorption and fruit development. To avoid waterlogging on leaves, divert water to the roots and vines while watering.

CONTROL OF PESTS AND DISEASES.

Pumpkins are usually infected with three different diseases. Powdery mildew, bacterial wilt, and downy mildew are the three illnesses. Apply the spray to prevent infections from starting, and remove any affected pumpkins from the farm to avoid spreading the disease to other plants.

Spray the pumpkin field with insecticide to combat aphids and fruit flies, which are widespread in the area.

HARVESTING.

When the pumpkin skin has reached full color and hardens, the pumpkin fruit is ready to harvest. Depending on the variety of pumpkin you planted, it will be ready to harvest 90 to 120 days after planting. They can be kept in a cool, dry place for 30 to 90 days.

MARKETING

Pumpkins can be found at local markets, major flour mills, and the Kenya Horticulture Export Company (KHE). Pumpkins cost between Ksh 50 and Ksh 80 per kilogram in local marketplaces.

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