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Harvesting Silver Edge Pumpkin Seeds

The pumpkin (ours anyway) was only about 8 inches in diameter.

I fell in love with Silver Edge pumpkin seeds the moment I laid eyes on them. This Mexico native squash wins every beauty contest when it comes to seeds. They’re enormous, they’re exotic and they have a shiny SILVER EDGE! … Continue reading

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When Life Gives You Destruction: The Pumpkin Massacre

Rouge Vif e’Etampes much like the one we grew this year

Each year, we grow our own pumpkins for Halloween and winter pumpkin puree-based desserts. Most years it goes well, but this year’s results left much to be desired. It all started out so good… We planted Rouge Vif e’Etampes (AKA … Continue reading

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Making Pumpkin Puree

One of two Cinderella Pumpkins grown in 2012

Did you know that most pumpkin puree sold in a can is not actually pumpkin? It’s some other kind of squash masquerading as pumpkin. There’s only one way to know for sure that you have the genuine article, and that’s … Continue reading

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Carve a Pumpkin

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It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s time for roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin carving, pumpkin bread and bags and bags of Twix. Okay, maybe
not that last part…<<chocolate smears across the delete key>>.

Since we had a mournful year for squash in coastal California, we have no pumpkins from the garden to carve (this is a far cry from last year), so I’m particularly longing for a pile of pumpkins of all shades and sizes …
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Pumpkin Mania 2009

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For those who don’t know, Gardenerd.com has partnered with School Nutrition Plus and the Woolly Pocket Company to install Woolly Pocket wall vegetable gardens in schools throughout Los Angeles and Arizona.  We were fortunate to get Kellogg Gardens as a sponsor to donate organic soil amendments for the school garden projects.  Each year, Kellogg also hosts Pumpkinmania – a giant pumpkin weigh-off with cash prizes for the largest pumpkin and other categories.  This year, I was invited to attend Pumpkinmania 2009 by Ty Hall of Kellogg Gardens.  How could I resist?

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Even Pumpkins

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We got a fine question at Ask Gardenerd this week:

I just harvested my pumpkins. They all are a very beautiful orange
color.  However, after rolling them over, all are flat on the bottom side
that was next to the ground, and a white color is on that side.  What can I do
next year to prevent this?”

Yea for pumpkins!  It’s so satisfying to harvest them after all that time and space (they get so big and sprawl everywhere) over the summer.  Here’s a very easy thing that you can do to solve both the white color …
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Pumpkins on the Early Side

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Believe it or not, our pumpkins have finished up already this year.  The vine has dried up and those bright orange globes are littered about the garden, just waiting for fall holiday celebrations.  But we had a good reason to put them to use right away in the middle of summer – curiosity. 

You may recall an earlier post where I talked about the crazy pumpkins taking over the yard:  Houston, we have some Squash!

What I didn’t mention is that, even though I hand pollinated all of those pumpkins, only 1 of them actually came out …
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