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Treacodactyl

Pumpkins...

Like many we've grown quite a few small squashers and pumpkins this year but as they were chosen for taste it's a shame to make a Halloween pumpkin out of them. So, I've bought a huge one from a local farm shop for a few pounds and we should be able to get a fair amount of edible flesh out of it. If it's any good it'll be worth popping back and buying a few more after Halloween as, IIRC, they tend to sell what's left off very cheaply in November.
2steps

I planted some giant pumpkin seeds for halloween. the plants grew just fine but then nothing happened. Now in the last week they have flowered but if they survive we won't have anything for halloween.

I was thinking of covering them if it gets colder, are they likely to make it? could also bring them inside the house
Treacodactyl

2steps wrote:
I was thinking of covering them if it gets colder, are they likely to make it? could also bring them inside the house


I wouldn't think so, if you bring them into they house they may carry on growing but I wouldn't expect much. Probably best to start again next year.
Bernie66

Cheapest place to buy pumpkins around now is Asda IME.

Time to post Pumpkin recipes chaps and chapesses........
RichardW

They are in the shops here for 1 each (Somerfields now was kwiks). We have grown some of our own though.

Justme
Blue Sky

We got one decent sized Pumpkin of our plant this year (big enough for a lantern that is). The plant has recently started flowering again as the weather has warmed up but as TD has said above I wouldn't expect it to fruit this late in the year, even if you do cover it up.

S
saffranne

can anyone tell me how long they keep,got two from my neighbour today,cook one but d'ont need the other one until the 4th of november
for bonfire party
Treacodactyl

A well ripened one should keep into the new year.
saffranne

do i need to keep it in the greenhouse or in the fridge
Treacodactyl

I would think a ripe pumpkin is best stored somewhere cool and dark, I would think a fridge is much too cold. Ours are left under the kitchen table, anywhere else and they might be nibbled by mice. Shocked
sean

What's under your kitchen table that scares the mice away?
RichardW

sean wrote:
What's under your kitchen table that scares the mice away?



Feet
lol
Justme
Blue Sky

Treacodactyl wrote:
I would think a ripe pumpkin is best stored somewhere cool and dark, I would think a fridge is much too cold. Ours are left under the kitchen table, anywhere else and they might be nibbled by mice. Shocked


I would go with "cool and dark" here too. we keep ours squashes/pumpkins/gourds, etc. in the cellar which seems to work very well.
Treacodactyl

sean wrote:
What's under your kitchen table that scares the mice away?


Often chickens but the kitchen and our bedrooms are the two rooms we ensure our mouse free, well as far as possible.
jamsam

i collected thousands of seeds from supermarket pumpkins last year and then planted them, out of them all i got one small ish pumpkin which has pride of place on the church harvest festival window.
im going to buy some big ones though this week...i dont think i will save the seeds though...
Bernie66

If the pumpkins were grown from F1 seed then any plants grown fro mthe seed will not be "true" to parent. Its not worth growing seed from an unknown source usually.
jamsam

from now on im going to try heritage varieties...i read a really good article in a sunday paper about people trying to save heritage breeds so here goes...
RichardW

Justme wrote:
They are in the shops here for 1 each (Somerfields now was kwiks). We have grown some of our own though.

Justme


I stand corrected they are 86p each in Lidli's

Justme
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