Pumpkins and winter squashes are easy to grow and bear fruit that can be stored for winter use. The sweet-tasting squashes may be roasted, as well as used in pies and soups. There's a wide variety of pumpkins and winter squashes to choose from – all have distinctive flavours and colours, and come in a range of shapes and sizes.
'Sweet Dumpling' is a particularly ornamental variety, bearing green-striped white fruits up to 10cm (4in) in diameter. The fruits have a sweet-tasting flesh, which is enhanced by roasting and baking. They store well into winter.
Cultivar: Sweet Dumpling
Plant type: Vegetable
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Dark green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
Time to plant: May to June
Flowering period: July to August
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