I can’t tell you how many times family asked me to grow pumpkins so they could make pumpkin everything in the fall. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies and also a number of savory dishes too. So we agreed to grow a few pumpkins this year. Turned out to be a few over 20!
First thing learned is that pumpkin plants take a lot of space! Even when they are only pie pumpkin size the vines and leaves are huge. Another thing learned was that you have to leave a ripening pumpkin on the vine a lot longer than you think. It can look ripe on the outside but on the inside it’s not quite done. They were truly ripe in October. Of course there were a few stragglers that were still green at that time but they weren’t going to ripen before frost anyway.
Did you know that you should never grab a pumpkin by the stem? If not, you know now. That results in small cracks around the base of the stem that open it up for potential rot. You should also store it on a piece of paper. It reduces the chance of condensation which also increases your chance of rot.
After making a pumpkin pie with the couple pumpkins we saved for ourselves, we loved the results so collected seeds for next year.