Seed Sowing

Pumpkin (Jack Be Little)

Cucurbita pepo

Jack be Little certainly does live up to its name by producing beautiful small round orange fruits that are small enough that they make the perfect serving dish for pumpkin soup once the flesh has been used. This variety of pumpkin produces a late summer and autumn crop of approximately 8 fruits per plant.


April to May under glass Mid May to June outdoors

Where to Sow

Sow seed on edge 1.5cm (1/2″”) deep to prevent rotting in pots or trays during April to May 2.5cm (1″”) apart under glass at 20°C (68°F) using good quality seed sowing compost. Sow outdoors mid-May to June direct into growing site 1.5cm (1/2″”) deep 2 to 3 seeds in each position 60cm (24″”) apart.

What to do next

Greenhouse sowings should be gradually hardened off once they have developed the first pair of rough leaves and transplanted to growing site in late-May to early-June 60-90cm (24-36″”) apart once all risk of frost has past. Outdoor sowings should be thinned to one plant per station.


September to October


Always grow pumpkins in a sunny spot in rich fertile soil. Water regularly once fruits start to swell.


A good source of pro-vitamin A, vitamins B1, C and E.