A couple of days prior to the proposed planting, you can begin the process of germination. Experts recommend to first warm up the seeds for 2-4 hours. Put seeds in a small thermos and pour hot water whose temperature is about 50-60 degrees. Leave it for a couple of hours.
Then drain the water, and the seeds cool and slightly dry. Now you can start the process of germination. On a small plate or saucer, place a cotton cloth or cheesecloth, folded in several layers. Moisten a cloth and lay on it the prepared pumpkin seeds. Cover with a layer of material and again all wet.
Cover a saucer with a plastic bag and put in a warm place. Periodically lift the package to air. If necessary, moisten the cloth, it should not be wet, only slightly damp.
After 2-3 days pumpkin seeds hatch looks like white roots. Start to plant them in the ground when they are about 1 cm long. These techniques will help to increase the germination of pumpkin, will be seen immediately, which ones will sprout and which will not.
To strengthen the young plants will help to soak in a special nutrient solution. For this, you can make an infusion of wood ash. Put 1 tablespoon in 1 litre of water and allow the solution to stand for one day. Then strain and soak the pumpkin seeds for 6 hours.
Very effectively, soak the seeds in a solution of "Alpin" or "Cornavin". These drugs should be diluted according to the instructions, and put in liquid germinated seeds for 2-4 hours.
While the pumpkin seeds germinate, prepare the soil for planting. Excellent precursors for vegetable are tomatoes, onions, cabbage and beans. Pick a Sunny place with a light breathable ground.
After the soil has warmed to 15 degrees, you can start planting pumpkins. Dig up a garden bed, loosen it with a rake, removing the roots of weeds. Make holes at a distance of 1 m from each other. Add the fresh manure.
Make 2 holes in each hole to a depth of 5 cm, Place them one at a time sprouted seeds of pumpkin. Do this carefully, because you can easily damage the delicate roots. The holes cover them with the substrate and pour the hole with warm water (50 degrees). If conditions are favorable for the plant, the first seedlings appear in a week.
The appearance of the first leaf, seedlings to thin out. Leave the strongest seedling, and the second is in the hole cut at the soil level.
If spring is cold and night frosts come, cover the wells of the five-liter bottles, cut in half. In this mini-greenhouse the seedlings will be most comfortable.