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    Default Preparing soil for Marrows and Pumpkins.

    Today I was just clearing up a little section in the ground that I have for my future marrows and pumpkins.

    At the moment the composition of soil to compost is probably 20:80 and have been reading around soil preparation and wondered what else I should include in my soil? The compost is just multipurpose and was wondering if I should add some chicken pellets or B and Q famyard manure or what has worked for you guys? I also have a B and Q veg food concentrate liquid I will be using.

    Also would you recommend keeping the marrows and pumpkins seperate?

    The marrows are F1 Tiger Cross and the Pumpkins F1 Becky. Thanks
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    I'm quite prepared to be shot down in flames for this, but I'd go for mixing in as much well rotted muck as you can get your hands on. Remember these things will grow a fair bit. No idea as to the growing habits of the varieties you've chosen, but if they aren't bush, they will end up the neck end of 20 feet long.
    If you cut the marrows off early, they're courgettes and will produce loads of them. If left on, you will get a few big marrows.
    Same with the pumpkins. A few football size or just one you'll need a JCB to shift.
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    Deltz,

    I tend to dig pits for my Curcurbits - about now. A couple of spade widths wide and 1 or 2 deep. Then as Norm says - sling in a whole load of muck, mix it up with the soil, add a bit of fertilizer.....they're hungry plants. Let the pit fester for at least a few weeks, then bung in your plant. And I grow courgettes, marrows, squashes, pumpkins all in the same patch... aswell as a block of sweet corn.

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    I've used lots of rabbit manue about 2 spits down and then a mix of compost and rotted manure that bed will be used for my courgettes and summer squashes. I've got to do another bed the same for pumpkins and other squashes

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    I will be planting marrows on top of the compost heap, cant have too much muck for them. Add as much as poss as will help to stop them drying out.

    I agree with Norm
    You have to loose sight of the shore sometimes to cross new oceans

    I would be a perfectionist, but I dont have the time

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    Hey thanks for the reply guys, where would I be able to get my hands on this muck? Any good places online such as B and Q? They have the following will this be enough?
    B&Q Farmyard Manure 50ltrs, 0000003747209

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    You could also use a load of chopped up veg peelings( NOT potatoes or toms) and scrunched up newspaper underneath manure.
    You have to loose sight of the shore sometimes to cross new oceans

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    Oh that might be a idea, so at the bottom I put peelings, then the mixture of the soil, compost and manure? Also If I used chicken pellets how long will I need all the peelings and manure to rest? I have just sown my seeds a few days ago, will it be too late?

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