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pumpkins and courgette plants


By Sjb1215

United Kingdom Gb

i have unveg plot. I underestimated the size that my pumpkin an courgette plants would grow to and they are taking over my plot. Can i cut them down or will they die?



By taking leaves off you will weaken the plants. Better to dig out a couple of each completely and give the remaining ones the full space - and nutrients. They are heavy feeders, so you will want to add manure/compost to the ground before the next crop goes in. If you only have a couple then remove all but one stem and its leaves from the pumpkin - you can train it where you want it to grow - for large pumpkins only let one fruit per plant ripen.

10 Aug, 2008

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