Mad About Pumpkins

We’re mad about pumpkins. We grow them, dress them up and carve them for Halloween. Without further ado, some of my favorite pumpkins from the past decade.

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    • Thank you, Susie! Lindy is the sweetest kitty and was only too happy to investigate the large pumpkin while I snapped the camera. I’m glad you liked the Gardening Nirvana Pumpkin too. They’re all as unique as the fruit that grows. Happy Halloween to you, too.

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  1. They are all fantastic. As I was scrolling through I thought “that’s my favourite” until I got to the next one and thought “THAT’s my favourite”! We don’t have a big pumpkin tradition here — we just eat them! So I am blown away by the fun you have and the thought you put in. Mike has such talent. Does he carve through to the centre or only take off the skin? (That question shows how little I know about pumpkins and Halloween πŸ‘»πŸŽƒ)

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    • Thank you, Anne. I’m glad you enjoyed the slide show. I’m amazed at what we’ve amassed over a decade. I’m not sure how Halloween got to be such a big deal here in the States but I know other countries give it little fanfare.

      Mike carves all the way through (or did in these pumpkin carvings), but there is another technique where only the outer skin is breached. Carvers use linoleum tools so that they can scrape away the skin but leave the outer pulp intact.

      He waits till Halloween or the day before. Once they’re carved, they rot within a couple of days. We give the seeds to the squirrels if they’re commercial pumpkins. If it’s my own crop, then I save a lot of the seeds to plant or give away for the following year. The smaller pumpkins are good for cooking and eating, but the large ones grown here for carving are made for tough, sturdy skins and less for taste.

      You’re the second one, by the way, to include those cute emoticons. I must learn how to do that.

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  2. This was just like going to a Halloween party. I spent the last 15 minutes showing TS all the carved pumpkins and then the others. Wow! He was duly impressed. My kids both love Halloween. This year we’ve combined our decor but the weather is reeking havoc with them. Wind and 100 % chance of rain. Guess the trick or treaters will be the indoor kind this year. Dog gone it. 😦

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    • Thank you, Marlene. Your comments always leave me with a big smile on my face and an inner glow. You have such a way with words.

      Now darn that weather, eh? We all want the rain, but why today? And that howling wind, too? I’ll look forward to the report back. Last year it rained for two hours on Halloween, then cleared for the evening fun. Fingers crossed for you. I hope the pooled decorations came together for a fun time.

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    • Thanks for checking out my page, Mad About Pumpkins.

      We’ve cooked with pumpkins in the past. I love pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie. The large ones pictured here have a thick, tough skin developed for carving, but they do sell pumpkins for cooking in the markets. Do you like to cook with them?

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