Vertical Growing: Pumpkins and Squashes

Posted: February 12, 2015 in Backyard Farming, Northern America, Stacking, Videos
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In small spaces it is highly recommended to rather vertically grow as much as possible as part of your stacking plan, here in this post I will advise especially on pumpkins, squashes and even melons!

Vertically Growing Pumpkins, Squash, Melons, Gourds and Cucumbers ( Permaculture Stacking )

The main reason being that the plants can be quite prolific in foliage growth, although this makes a great ground cover (preventing evaporation and suppressing weeds) it also takes up loads of space!
However, we have other benefits too, by growing them vertically, the fruits sit off the ground and therefore have less chance of rotting or being chewed on by animals / critters or mutant GMO franken slugs! πŸ˜‰

Vertically Growing Pumpkins on an A Frame (Permaculture Stacking) - shade Tolerant plants and be put beneath

Vertically Growing Pumpkins on an A Frame (Permaculture Stacking) – shade Tolerant plants and be put beneath

Finally, if your posts / supports are good enough to support many pumpkins, melons or other squashes, then you can merely let them hang until the plant is pretty much completely dead before harvesting!

In the following video, John Kohler from the superbly popular ”Growing Your Greens” Youtube channel shows his large setup which yielded a huge amount of pumpkins.
Now the great news for anyone who hasn’t grown pumpkins or hard squashes before is that if cured in the sun directly after cutting from the plant and also a cool temperature store – you can still be eating pumpkins into May the next year! This is due to the long storage life of these edibles ….

216 pounds of pumpkin harvested from 15sq feet of growing space:

  1. I am actually getting ready to try this is my greenhouse aquaponics system.

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    • jeffpermie says:

      Excellent!! Hit me up with your opinion on the results when the season is over!
      Mine are going to be grown at the base of an 8-10ft Hugelkultur mound so keep an eye out, I will post my results at year end, It will be pumpkins of a few varieties, butternut squashes and perhaps a couple melon varieties too…
      Happy Growing & Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚


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  3. Sven S. says:

    Ah Thanks for sharing this valuable information! I will do this next season, is it possible to share a bed, meaning like, the squashes will be at the back growing up my wall and fence wires, then the extra space in front can have other plants maybe salads or other?
    I am asking now because I will start building the planter raised beds.
    Many thanks again from Sweden πŸ™‚

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    • jeffpermie says:

      Welcome Sven! thanks for visiting, I have visited Sweden once and find the people very nice and highly educated, even some had a better fluency in English than myself and this is my mother language!! haha

      To answer your question, yes you can definitely make a bigger bed, plant the squashes nearer the back and use the space in the front, it all depends on your space, you could plant dwarf bush tomatoes with some salads in between, herbs etc. just keep in mind that some plants don’t grow well with or near others, I think pumpkins don’t grow well with beans and peas, look up companion planting guides and they will tell you what plants to grow … Tomatoes do well from my experience. Squashes, especially Pumpkins, need a lot of nutrients as they are heavy feeders, it is recommended to put a half to full bucket of well rotted horse manure in the soil for each pumpkin plant! This amount of nutrient content may be too much for other plants so just be careful what you choose, if you dig the horse manure nice and deep then there shouldn’t be a problem.



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