If, when and where to use straw?

People told me to use straw to keep pumpkins from rotting. I looked online and it seems to be useful for retaining moisture image I don't need this in the root area, I have thick clay, clay sub-beds work brilliant retaining moisture.

But I am worried about the vines. When it rains, you can make footprint in my lawn its that thick and sticky.

At the moment I've propped the pumpkins on plastic doodars, and the vine stems are propped off the ground with strips of polystyrene. They don't look too nice, but they'll do the job. Should I stay as I am, or add straw? Is straw good for keeping dry or wet, or what?




  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,111

    Pumpkin vines will send extra roots down from the leaf axils to help the plant with nutrition. That bit doesn't neeed to be off the ground. The pumpkins can be propped on anything free draining to stop them rotting. Plant pots or upside down blue plastic mushroom trays will do the trick.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115
    Or floor or roof tiles. Preferably something smooth. The stems don't need to be lifted, just the pumpkins.
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