Pumpkinpalooza: How to Start Your Own Pumpkin Patch
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Welcome to the planning stage of your very own pumpkin patch! Pumpkins are amazing. You can transform the sweet orange flesh into pie, cookies, bread, soup, muffins, beer, wine, and more. And don’t forget about the seeds: a little bit of olive oil,… READ MORE
What we commonly call a pumpkin is actually one of many species in the gourd family. Some are lovely to look at, not so great to eat—think jack-o’-lantern or a cornucopia basket full of ornamental, inedible gourds. Others make excellent pie, soup, bread, and more. And still others… READ MORE
There are nine main species within the Cucurbita, or gourd, genus; they’re all part of the Cucurbitaceae family—cucumber. Cousins of your favorite baking pumpkins are squashes and gourds. READ MORE
Pumpkins come in so many colors, sizes, and textures that it helps to have the lingo down before you decide on the pumpkins you want to grow. You’ll also sound like a pro when you give your friends a tour of your pumpkin patch. READ MORE
Before you pick up your first seed packet, make sure your garden area is set up to welcome pumpkins. The first thing you’ll need to do is test your soil; this is a step that’s easy to skip, but you shouldn’t—it’s the one thing you really need to do before planting. READ MORE