Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Essex Pumpkins Doing Nicely!

Tamasin, please see attached Emma and Maryann Cooke’s pompions growing in Kelvedon, Essex on 20th May and 26th June, sorry we didn’t get the pictures over to you quicker. As you can see they are growing nicely.

Regards, Kevin Cooke

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Libby and Moo's Pumpkins in the Ground!

Libby and Moo have been out an planted their pumpkins. These pics were taken on June 6th. Sharon writes:

Hi Tamasin,

These are Libby and Moo Hart’s pumpkins. Taken a while ago. We will send you some updated pictures when we get a chance. The girls are good at watering them most days.


Sharon Hart

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Joe's Pumpkins are in the ground!

"Hey Tam,I discovered the pumpkins section of the Trerice blog and thought I'd contribute some pics of my own handiwork. These were grown from seeds I acquired from the Food Glorious Food campaign at Trerice." Joe
How are your's growing? Let us know!
The Trerice Team

Elle Charlton Pumpkins in Leeds Ready to Plant Out

Elle Charlton in Leeds emailed us and said:
Hi, I have some pumpkins growing, and I live in an apartment with a balcony, I know they need planting in a big pot soon but how deep?I know some roots can grow pretty deep, so I'm wondering what size I should go for?
Also I've attached a photo :) This is day 9.
Ellie Charlton

Tam Battell Writes:
"Hi Ellie, your pumpkins look really healthy so this is good. It looks like your first true leaves have not yet begun to show on your pumpkins ( you probably know that these have more angles and are a spikey to touch) but they do look like they will be needing more space to grow soon. They will need plenty of light now so you are right to be thinking of putting them on the balcony.
Your pumpkins will need a large pot the largest pots that you can reasonably fit on your balcony really. It may be that you only grow 2 or 3 of your pumpkins to full size as a result. Pumpkins are hungry feeders so they will need a rich and fertile soil with plenty of organic matter. A good all round multi-purpose compost will be good, but because they will be in a container (and slightly stressed) as a result I recommend that you liquid feed your pumpkins once a week. Seaweed fertiliser is readily available at garden centres and will give your plants a teriffic boost.
Do not allow your pumpkins to dry out in their pots, when you water, don't water the leaves. Water the plant at the base of the stem.
I would recommmend that you train your pumpkins up some kind of strong support or alternatively you could allow them to trail out of the pot and down on to the ground. Pumkins tend to grow long runners with lots of leaves on.
If you need any more help during your pumpkin growing fun, just let me know."

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Time to Plant Your pumpkins Out Yet?

Are your pumpkin plants ready to plant out? Harden them to the elements for a couple of nights first by leaving them outside in a sunny protected spot.

The fear of frost is now past. Plant your pumpkins in well prepared soil with plenty of well rotted organic matter added. Plant one metre apart, to the depth of the original soil level in the pot.

Water frequently. Feed with liquid feed weekly. Water the roots not the leaves!

Check your pumpkins, why not put down beer traps to prevent the little critters eating your plants.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

First True Leaves Now Growing on Our Pumpkins : )

You may well now be seeing the first 'true' leaves growing, they have more texture and are more pointy than the first leaves. It will soon be time to pot your pumpkin on into a bigger pot.
The white roots are just showing through the base of the pot on our pumpkin plants here (see pic), which is another sign that the potting on time is nearly upon us. I am going to wait until the second leaf is a bit bigger before I pot on.
If you have any questions just get in contact with us by emailing tamasin.battell@nationaltrust.org.uk
Why not send us a picture of your pumpkin plant?

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Essex Sprouting Success!

Well done James Richards for your successful sprout! Looking good so far ; )

Sharon Richards emailed to me today and writes:
"The other morning James was surprised and very excited to see that his pumpkin had sprouted - it had grown about 1 cm overnight.
James is now growing cress on the window ledge next to his pumpkin. He is really pleased as both my husband and I are having cheese and cress sandwiches for our lunch at work today."

Great stuff! Why don't you send your story and picture to us here at Trerice? You can post a comment below or email us direct on tamasin.battell@nationaltrust.org.uk

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Nice pic sent to us from London

These are great pics of Chris and Stuart Morrissey's pumpkin sprouts. Sue Morrissey kindly emailed me today and writes:
"Just thought I would send you a picture of Chris and Stuart's sprouts. The pots didn't quite make the journey back to London upright so we had to start again using the seeds you gave us! As you can see there are a couple of successes in each pot - and at the moment Chris's sprouts are beating Stuarts! Let the competition commence!!"
The long stalks might indicate that the pumpkins seedlings need a bit more light each day, so to make sure they form good straight stems I suggested that they are placed outside each day to make sure they grow good and strong.
Keep in touch and let us know how your pumpkins are growing!
Love the Trerice Garden Team

Tuesday, 27 April 2010


Hello everyone! A few (not all) of the pumpkin seeds in the Trerice Greenhouse have started to sprout! Let us know if yours have to! Send us a picuture : )


Thursday, 22 April 2010

How to grow a big one!

Top Tips on Growing Pumpkins from our Garden Manager John Lanyon

- Choose the best site - they like to grow in an open sunny place where they get sun all day

- They like to be warm - do not plant your plant out until the temperatures have risen, the beginning of June I reckon but down here in the right place you could start a couple of weeks earlier

- Soil - veg gardening is all about the soil - it needs to be well dug - this basically fluffs it up, allows the root in and holds onto water and nutrients

- Feeding - these guys are best feed 2 ways - heavily incorporate well rotten manure when digging your plot and then liquid feed every three weeks when the plant is growing

- Let them flower and then wait until the best fruit sets - not necessarily the first, you will sense which one is going to be the best because it will develop the quickest and look keen - then cut the others off

- Then water and water and water your plant and it is the luck of the draw after that

I am looking forward to meeting you and your champion in the Autumn!

ps the most important thing is to enjoy the whole thing and share your fun with others.

Mr John Lanyon
Gardens Manager
Trelissick, Glendurgan, Trerice and Bosloe
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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Patience is a Virtue : )

Don't worry! No leaves have appeared yet in our pumpkin pots here at Trerice! So don't worry if you can't see anything yet. Has your seed germinated? Let us know we want to hear from you!

email tamasin.battell@nationaltrust.org.uk or post a comment at this website

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

The Sun is Shining Don't Let Your Pots Dry Out!

Don't forget to keep watering your pots, keep the soil moist and check them each day!

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Pumpkin Growing Competition is ON!

A total of seventy four people of all ages have sown a pumpkin seed at Trerice this week. Good luck if you are one of them!

Keep your seed pot moist and in a light filled space once it sprouts. Check it every day. If your seed doesn't sprout, plant another until you get success! Follow instructions on this website to help you on your way to a pumpkin-filled Halloween this year.

Come back and see us or, send us a picture of your pumpkin by 30th October to tamasin.battell@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Our Halloween Fun starts here, keep in touch, post us a comment, we would love to hear from you.
Love the Trerice Garden Team

Why not visit the other Trerice Garden Blogsite?

Go to http://www.trericegarden.blogspot.com
find out more about what other things the Trerice Garden team are doing within our local 'grow your own' community.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Keep in Touch!

Write a comment on this blog site we regularly look at the pages and we want to hear from you to hear how you and your pumpkins are getting on!

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Good Luck!

Keep your little pots in a very light place but ensure that the pots do not dry out, keep the soil moist but not saturated. In a couple of weeks you should see some life! Let us know how you are getting on with your seed growing, you can send us a picture of your growing plants. We'd be very happy to hear from you.

Love the Garden Team at Trerice

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Super day in the sun, lots of pumpkin seeds planted today.
Will yours be a winner? If you can't make it in to the judging and Halloween Workshops on the 30th October at Trerice that's a shame, but you can still take part by sending us a picture of your prize winner.

If at first you don't succeed........you should see your pumkin seed sprout in a couple of weeks, but if not don't despair, sow another few seeds to increase you chances of a pumkin filled Halloween this year.....

Keep in touch and let us know how yours grow!

Love the Treice Gardeners

Monday, 12 April 2010

Getting Started With Your Pumpkin......

It might be that your little seedlings look a little bit like this after a couple of weeks.. These pots look a bit dry though. Do make sure the soil is moist but not saturated and that you ensure that the pots are kept in the light. A greenhouse is good, but don't forget them. Check them every day!

Friday, 2 April 2010

Another Year Another Chance to Grow Your Own Pumpkin for Halloween!

Trerice Gardeners invite you to National Trust Trerice Manor (near Newquay, Cornwall) this year for another chance to grow your own pumpkin. Pumpkin Growing workshops are being held from 12th and 17th April 2010 between 11am and 2.30pm.

Head for the greenhouse and, for the small cost of £1, you'll get a number of seeds, trays and compost. The gardeners will impart to you the secrets of successful pumpkin growing to ensure your Halloween this year filled with your own home grown pumpkins.

It doesn't end there however. Trerice invite you to return on Saturday 30th October just before Halloween with your harvest for judging! Certificates will be presented for categories such as most ugly, largest, smallest, most colourful, unusual shape....There will be fun to be had for all the family this day, so don't miss out.

Join in the fun! For more information please call the Trerice Office on 01637 875 404