As we enter the forum, we hear a chattering conversation between Snoopy and the Red Baron... And the Red Baron saying :"I will get you GREAT PUMPKIN!"
And Snoopy laughing coyly with a rat tat tat back!!!!
Its time for the GRRRREAT PUMPKIN CONTEST, enter now all ye GRRRREAT PUMPKINS big and small, painted and plain, show yourselves!
As we enter the contest, the first entry is a basket ball size producing plant...its nearly 32 feet in length from one end of the vine to another... any one wanna guess how many pumpkins this single plant is gonna produce!???
I got my written invitation, just was reading it upside down and thought it was in some sort of code and then I realized I needed to flip it over!!! Nice layout you started there BB. Saw a lot of pumpkins in patches yesterday while driving around the back roads in the country showing Jen the sites of her childhood years, but didn't have a camera with me, dang!
Well, sad news there Snoopy is, the Great Pumpkin vine is no longer with us, the poor thing has bit the dust, the Red Baron did his deed and sent the frost machine over him and thud, its gone gone gone.
But the goodnews is is we saved the pumpkins for the contest!!
Hellow buddyblossom! It looks like you know what you are talking about with the pumpkins! Love your thread here.
I on the other hand am growing pumpkins for the first time. It's call Black Futsu, an heirloom variety. I didn't put the seeds (2) in the ground until July 27th here. They took off right away in the raised bed. (Although the female flowers were growing ahead of the males) Maybe June would have been better but last year we didn't have our first frost until December I think...but it was in the forties by mid November. Hoping I will make it!! My vines are starting to grow back now...does that mean the pumpkins are reaching harvest time? hmmmm.
Thank you for all the info.
I've got two vines, with a total of nine pumpkins. So I'll guess nine. lol
I was just reading in GRIT about the MONSTOR PUMPKINS! WOWOWOW! Can you imagine growing a punkin that weighs a1500 lbs? HOLY COW! I will have to read more there and see if there is a website to post here!
I am heading to a farmstand tomorrow hoping to get some buy on her monstor gourds. Maybe next season I will have something weird and fun to share again.
I can tell you now that all the pumpkins on the Great Pumpkin vine at the beginning of this thread have been harvested. They are about 4 to 6 lbs each and started turning orange on the vine, but the last ones were plucked green as the frost here did the plant in. They will ripen as time carries. I think these would make cute Jacks! Or maybe even good for a pie? Dont know.. they are some offshoot of some pumpkin I had a few years back and just magically appeared in my flower bed this year. They loved the chicken poo!
Oh, gotta go read GRIT and learn more on the jurassics! Back later with a site hopefully!
Well, on mine I have several ideas.. some may go to the food pantry, while others will go to feed my chickens. I will save some seed, give some seed away and maybe make pumpkin seeds to eat myself. Im not much for extruding fresh pulp for pies.. so needless to say I go the canned route on that... dont tell on me! LOL!
Meanwhile they are used for decorations and will come down as they decay! Or before!
Other than a conversation peice, I dont really know what I would do with a jurassic pumpkin! Put wheels on it and call Cinderella! LOL!
Well I finally started to carve seed from the pumpkins.. They are not really ripe enough yet! Some are still green so this is going to be an on going process for a few days.. like one a day until done or something like that.. The house is gonna stink of drying
pumpkin seed! LOL!
Method: Gett all the squishy seedy stuff out of the pumpkin, toss in sink, rinse and ring out until pulpy goo is off them, toss goo away, toss seed on papertowl on paper plate. Let dry until dry! Nuthin to it! LOL!
Haighr, this years gourds would not be dry, it takes several months to be totally dry through and through... and no, you leave them in the gourd to dry completely .. then you plug the gourd a small hole and rattle them out. The hole might be an inch in circumference, maybe more depending on the gourd and like on the little gourds you cannot save the gourd.. if you want to save the gourd, then you leave the seeds in them. If you want the seeds grom the little gourds youthen just about have to smash the little gourds.They will be dry, probably dusty from the pulp and you can just shake them out on a towel and wipe the dust free. Depends on the gourd how much dust and dry pulp there will be.
My snake gourd is no where done. And I am hoping to save the gourd and get seeds too, but I might not have my cake and eat it too on that one. Time will tell!
Thanks for the info, I really thought that I got the seeds earlier from the gourds last year, but now that you say that I kinda recall that the gourd last year had dried and I only saved the seed from one of them thinking that the rest were bad so I pitched them and just planted seed from the one.
Makes sense so will let the rest just dry out completely before smashing!