I must be in some kind of decorating funky here lately, or maybe it’s just age. I seem to like things much simpler and things to have a purpose for me to use them. So this fall I’m reusing a wreath I already had, I added 4 yellow mums for a pop of color, and I chose exotic pumpkins for their seeds.
I’m going to cut the pumpkins open at the end of the season, air dry them, and save the seeds to plant in the spring. I hope they grow and I get enough to decorate with for next year. I do know I’ll get the same variety of pumpkin to grow from the pumpkin I take seeds them, that’s why I chose the pumpkins I did this year.
We have plenty of land to till and plant, but I’m not looking forward to weeding so I think I’ll use black landscape fabric or plastic to keep the weeds down. The pumpkins I purchased this year are from a local pumpkin farmer, so while I was there getting these beauties I decided to pick his brain for a little pumpkin knowledge.
My biggest concern was, how many pumpkins will I expect from one plant, and the answer was ONE. Wow I was hoping for more than that, but he said that’s what he normally experiences. I also asked about pollination, and apparently if I don’t use store bought hybrid seed I will need to self pollinate the flowers. If I don’t I’ll take the risk of getting some cross pollination and a whole new breed of pumpkin, that could be really neat or a total disaster.
So I’ll save my seeds this year and give it a go in the spring. It may end up like my vegetable garden, a constant fight to keep the deer out and I may have to give up. But I’ll try it once and if all goes well I’ll have my own exotic pumpkins next year.