There are so many types of crops that can be grown and traded. Some of the hallmarks of the planting business are the planting of rice, corn, sugarcane, and others. This has been proven and many Filipino lives have improved because of it. But what about squash planting or pumpkin farming? Have you ever tried to plant and sell a pumpkin or kalabasa?
What is pumpkin
Pumpkin, or squash, or kalabasa is a well-known vegetable rich in vitamin A, minerals, phosphorus, and calcium. There are many types of squash but most of these varieties grow well in viscous soil that is not stagnant with water. Pumpkin can be planted from April to June and from September to February.
Pumpkin is often grown in home yards and commercial areas because of its fruit, talbos, flowers, and seeds. Too many farmers and traders have entered the same pumpkin farming business due to its rapid growth and fruiting which usually takes only two months. Unlike rice which takes 5 to 6 months before harvest. It is also not sensitive to diseases and pests, in addition to the charisma of squash when it comes to the market so it is not difficult to sell like other crops. It also does not require a large investment and can be started with only a small plantation.
But of course, it also requires enough knowledge before starting this kind of business. Ultimately, it is also no different from other businesses that require proper management and adequate funding. So here are some of the tips that can help you if you are planning to get into the business of pumpkin farming.
Proper ways to plant squash
Here are three methods to keep in mind in the proper way of planting squash:
- Type of arable land. First of all, of course, you need to know what kind of soil is good for growing squash. Sand soil or viscous soil with good water flow is good soil for pumpkin planting. Its acidity (pH) should be 5.5 to 6.5.
- Preparation of arable land. Plow and rake the soil two to three times. Make a groove two meters away from each other. Make a hole with a spacing of one meter. Apply organic fertilizer and other fertilizers needed for planting.
- Planting. Place two to three seeds in each hole. Remove the undergrowth plant and leave only two plants in each hole when its first leaf has sprouted.
After that, it is only necessary to wait with the care of the planted pumpkins. And after two months you can harvest it and sell it in the market.
Some people used to have nothing, but have tried to plant a pumpkin, now they are truly millionaires! So if you have vacant land, you can try planting squash!
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