Pretty as a Pumpkin!

We are at the height of Pumpkin season. With Halloween and Thanksgiving just around the corner, many of us are picking up pumpkins and gourds for decorating and even eating.

This has been a very good year for pumpkins. Did you know…Pumpkins are 90% water and 100% edible? They are a winter squash and are part of the Cucurbitaceae family, which includes cucumbers and melons. They are rich in Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, Lutein and more.

Thinking about growing pumpkins next year? It isn’t too hard…it does, however, require a lot of space. They are a warm-weather crop, typically planted in late May or early June, and take about 90 – 120 days to mature. Pumpkins prefer a sunny spot, moist, well-drained soil and don’t like being water logged. When picking out your seed or plant, think about how you want to use the pumpkins. Varieties referred to as “pie” or “sugar” pumpkins are considered better for cooking (although all varieties are actually edible). Other varieties are considered better for decorating and carving Jack-O-Lanterns.

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