Pumpkin Seeds Drying on Newsprint
We did not do well with pumpkins this year. The first planting rotted in the soil. Same as the corn. Pot starts were no better, quickly rotting their vines when transplanted from pots to soil. The soil was cold, staying in the 40’s and 50’s all too long. This was followed by wet weather until the end of July. The second planting of everything was still struggling in the cool wet summer.
This was a year when locally grown, self-sufficiency takes a hard beating. Too many years like this in a row and people start thinking of taking drastic measures like emigrating to the new world or out west. Fortuntately were not faced with snow every month of the year although that happened back, what in 1995?, killed my tomatoes. They died this year too though even without that – some blight. Some fruit but it never turned.
The pumpkins finally took off when it warmed up the end of July. They got vines out to 20′ with lots of flowers by the end of August, but it was really too late. Of the 250 or so pumpkins I planted we got a measily five or six, none of which were fully ripe. The best seeds from those are saved and drying. I’m dubious that they’ll grow next year.
Pumpkin seeds are great fried and eaten but we need these for growing next year.
Pumpkin seeds are great for deworming livestock but again we need the seeds.
Flesh of pumpkins is high in fibers and sugars which stores well making it a good livestock and human feed.
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