Pumpkins

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Diseases of water Mellon and pumpkins

Do the same diseases that affect pumpkins also affect water Mellon? (Ojok Fred, 26yrs, Gulu District, Northern Uganda)

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Pumpkins diseases

My pumpkins are having cracks on them which finally leads to their rotting. What causes these cracks and how can it be prevented? (Ojok Fred, 26yrs, Gulu District, Northern Uganda)

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Use of wood ashes in pumpkin farming

 

Growing up in a rural village in Malawi as a son of a peasant farmer, I saw my parents grow pumpkins in mould of soil mixed with wood ashes. They burned dry plant matter and put the ashes in a hole in which they planted the pumpkins. The pumpkins grew well and traditionally that's how pumpkins are grown.Farmers want to commercialize this low cost traditional technology. Can any one out there with scientific explanation back up the use of wood ashes to promote growth of pumpkins. What is in the ashes that causes pumpkins to grow well?

 

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Value addition of pumpkins

 

Pumpkins are in season in Malawi now  (though most of them are coming from Mozambique due to drought and floods in Malawi - a strange year where the Southern part of the country has experienced floods and the Central and Northern parts with dry spell). However, their shelf life is relatively short. Farmers would like to know how to prolong pumpkin shelf life and if there any low cost technologies to process them. Currently, there are no farmers who process pumpkins. The leaves are blanched in hot water and preserved in weaved baskets.

 

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Pumpkin farming

 

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