Wednesday, 29 October 2014

How to grow your own pumpkin

Have you carved your pumpkin for Halloween but don't know what to do with all of those seeds.

Why not save the seeds so that you can grow your own pumpkin for next year.

Here is how to do it.......


1. Cut the top off your pumpkin and scoop out all the pulp. A large spoon works well for this task.

 

2. Separate the seeds from the pulp with your fingers, then place the seeds in a colander to rinse under cool water. Try to remove as much pulp as possible from each seed.




3. Inspect the clean seeds carefully, and select the largest ones to save. Larger seeds will have a better chance of germinating and growing healthy vines.


4. Spread the seeds on some kitchen roll and allow to dry overnight. Then lay them in a single layer on a tray in a cool dry place for at least one month, to allow the seeds to completely dry out.



5. After one month, sort through the seeds and discard any with mold or mildew. Place the good seeds in an envelope. They can be stored in the envelope until next year’s planting.