Train your trailing pumpkins
I don’t know about you, but since planting my pumpkins outside back in early June, they’ve launched a major takeover bid of my vegetable beds!
These plants, along with other trailing squashes (such as butternuts and spaghetti types) are impressively rampant. Their stems can grow over one foot in just a couple of days, so how do you keep them within bounds?
I’ve found the easiest way is to train the stems as they grow. If you’ve room, curve them into an ever-increasing spiral. Peg the stems down as you go, because they have the ability to root along their length (thereby providing the plant with more sustenance).
Small-fruited varieties like ‘Munchkin’ and ‘Baby Bear’ can even be trained up a tripod of stout beanpoles or over a wooden archway. Don’t try this with a large-fruited ‘Atlantic Giant’, though!
This squash plant has been trained around a support made from branches