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JanetS
Braselton, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 11, 2008
4:21 PM

Post #4524012

My Grandbabies want to grow some this year and I have no clue...never tried these before. They want all sizes too..lol So I thought we would give it a go.
girlgroupgirl

February 11, 2008
5:09 PM

Post #4524209

Hi Janet:
The soil needs to be very good and warm to grow pumpkins, squash, melons and other plants of this family or the seeds will rot in the overly cold, wet ground. The soil should be in the upper 60's or 70 before planting. You might be successful some years by planting them in cooler soil temps if the soil is drier.

GGG

JanetS
Braselton, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 11, 2008
6:11 PM

Post #4524410

So after Easter around the same time for Caladiums? At least after our last "surprise frost" LOL
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


February 11, 2008
8:15 PM

Post #4524846

Depends, If you are thinking halloween pumpkins, and you plant them in April, they will be ready for harvest in July. Difficult to keep till halloween. I usually plant in June for ripening in September.
JanetS
Braselton, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 12, 2008
3:14 AM

Post #4526652


thanks for the info!
girlgroupgirl

February 13, 2008
3:50 AM

Post #4531646

That is good advice Farmer dill. We grow 'em for PIE!

YUMMY. Sometimes we'll grow two batches, one early and one late. 'cause that means... MORE PIE!

ggg

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 13, 2008
9:53 PM

Post #4534572

Pumpkin pie is my favorite, so I guess I'll opt for April. Thanks for the info.

Janet, do you have seeds yet. I got some at Cooper's last fall for Autumn Gold (about 10 lbs) and Jack be Little (miniature). I've plenty if you want some.

Becky
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


February 13, 2008
9:58 PM

Post #4534593

If you really like pumpkin pie, you should consider one of the C. moschatas. They don't get the pretty orange of a halloween type but much better quality for eating.

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 13, 2008
10:24 PM

Post #4534677

Thanks Farmer, I'll check it out.
girlgroupgirl

February 14, 2008
3:46 AM

Post #4535829

I just got seeds for Black Futsu. YUM!

GGG
JanetS
Braselton, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 14, 2008
4:56 PM

Post #4537463

I will check my seed packets...seems like we bought some last year that never made it into the ground...not sure what they were, or if they are still viable. My DD and DH love pumpkin pie too...I prefer citrus pies, lemon or lime..but they will eat the pumpkin pie with cool whip till they are sick! LOL
mqiq77
Danielsville, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 16, 2008
12:52 AM

Post #4544026

That Farmer really knows her pumpkins, but I'm surprised she didn't mention how much straining is involved to get that delishous pumpkin pie stock, but I think its worth it. Mike
JanetS
Braselton, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 16, 2008
1:47 PM

Post #4545471

Mike, you mean you don't just scoop it out and mash it up for the pie? I have never made a homemade pumpkin pie. I do seem to recall my DD or one of the girls tried it once around Halloween and it was really a disaster...hmmmm...seems like it was really watery or something like that...so give it up...the SECRET to making pumpkin pie?
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


February 16, 2008
1:57 PM

Post #4545495

Personally I bake the squash or pumpkin ( I actually use mostly cushaws or C. moschatas) ( baking makes a much less watery puree) Scoop the baked flesh into a blender, puree, then add the other ingredients ,blend, pour into pie shell, bake for 30 minutes.

The C. moschata Beung Karn

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mqiq77
Danielsville, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 16, 2008
2:03 PM

Post #4545511

Janet, I only watched my mother work on the pie, but I was sooo attentive, but that was 50 years ago.DW says you can open a can much easier.However, there is nothing to beat the real pulp of the pumpkin.I do know that if you don't squeeze it through a calldander, it will be so stringy, and a "let down" Mike

Oh, you will really notice the difference in that and the can.
mqiq77
Danielsville, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 16, 2008
2:05 PM

Post #4545520

Yes, they have come up with a blender in the last fifty years. You go Farmer Dill. Mike
JanetS
Braselton, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 16, 2008
2:12 PM

Post #4545537

Awesome...thanks, I will pass on this info to my DD who loves to bake!!

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