Trying to grow pumpkins was a great adventure for us this year, with a few setbacks from some critters & the weather. We started our plantings back in May, but all the rain stunted the growth and we had to replant. We ran into chipmunks who ate our little seedlings that were starting to grow, and then the most horrible day arrived when one morning we noticed that the deer had a feeding frenzy over night and ate half of our pumpkin vine. We were devastated, but things ended up ok as we got one pumpkin that weighed in at 20.4 pounds! We probably would have had a few more pumpkins mature if the deer would not have stunted the growth of the vine, but for next year we have a new game plan. We are going to cage in the area where the pumpkins will be growing to keep the deer out, and instead of starting the seeds outside, we are going to start growing them indoors first.
It was really hard to put the knife into our home grown pumpkin to carve it for Halloween, but that’s what you do – you carve a pumpkin. We have done a lot of research to find out how to prepare your pumpkin seeds to be used for planting and we wanted to share them with you.
- While cleaning out your pumpkin, separate the seeds from the pulp
- Put the seeds in a colander and run cold water over them to help remove the pulp
- Drain the water off the seeds thoroughly
- Spread the seeds evenly & in a single layer onto a cookie sheet lined with paper towels
- Place them in a cool dry place and turn them every day
- Let the seeds dry approximately a week or more if needed
- Once the seeds are dried, place them in an envelope and store in a cool dry place to be used for planting next year
- Make sure you label your envelope of what kind of pumpkin the seeds were from & date the envelope
- Happy plantings!