Another vegetable that is commonly consumed by Filipinos is kalabasa, or pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima). It contains vitamins and minerals that the body needs such as vitamins A, C, B1, B6 and B3, as well as potassium. It also contains beta-carotene, which acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Kalabasa thrives in any type of soil and must be kept in an area with a temperature of 18 to 30 degrees Celsius.
Keep These Things In Mind When Growing Pumpkin In The Garden:
Kalabasa growing materials include vermicast, carbonized rice hulls (CRH), compost, Kalabasa seeds, shovel, sprayer, polybag, sack, trellis, and fertilizer.
Soak the Kalabasa seeds in water for 30 minutes. While waiting, create the soil medium by mixing vermicast, CRH and compost in a 1: 1: 1 ratio.
The seeds must be planted down, with the pointy side (also known as the radicle) down, as this is the part where the roots will grow.
After planting, moisten the seeds with water and place the planter in a shady place. Transplant the Kalabasa seedlings into a sack after about 15 days. Water the plant once a week. This can be supplemented with fertilizer after a few days.
Provide extra support for the pumpkin by building a trellis for it to climb and grow in. Use 15-meter-long wood as poles and sturdy wire or straw as stakes.
Aphids and 28-spotted ladybugs are common pests, while powdery mildew and mosaic virus are diseases that Kalabasa breeders need to watch out for to avoid possible damage to plants.
To combat these, always keep the growing area clean and check the plants regularly for signs of pests and diseases.
Watch the AgriTalk: 2 episodes of the easy-learning video series 29 and 30th.
For more information, please contact the farmers’ contact center on 09209462474.
The process was demonstrated in AgriTalk’s 2 Easy Learning Video Series, which provides guidance on organic fertilizers and pesticides, urban farming technologies, and the production of fast growing crops. The online series is being produced in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Center and Manila Bulletin’s. enables Agriculture on the Internet.
Read more about agriculture and horticulture at Agriculture.com.ph.
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