Miniature Pumpkin Plants and Ornamental Peppers
Miniature Edible Pumpkin Plants
Miniature Pumpkin Plants
These little plants caught my eye last fall. Many people love huge pumpkins, and we all know how much fun those are. On the other end of the spectrum come these super tiny but festive little pumpkins growing in pots or on vines.
One name of such pumpkins are "Jack Be Little." You can search for these online or at your local nursery to purchase. They will be under the gourd section, as that is what they really are. Many people call them pumpkins however, and we can see why.
Planting Miniature Pumpkin Plants
You can plant seeds indoors to get a head start, then put outside after the last frost. Or you can sow seeds or plants directly outside where you want to grow them.
What caught my eye most, was that these were just growing in a little pot, or in the ground. After researching them a bit further, I found some people grow these on trellises, or in hanging baskets. If you grow them off a deck, they will trail down with these very cute little pumpkins growing on them.
While these will grow well in pots, you must be aware that you will need to add a lot of fertilizer and and keep them well watered during the growing season.
Harvesting Miniature Pumpkins
Let these little pumpkins grow until they are fully orange, and the stem dries. When taking off the plant, make sure to not break the stem.
You can actually eat these though they are almost too cute to eat! People have used them as wonderful decorations, or carved out and used to hold jello or another dessert. How about worms and dirt, in chocolate pudding? Kids love that!
Some use them for little candle holders, and I think that is the cutest idea. (Never leave burning candles unattended)
Miniature Pumpkin Plant
Ornamental Peppers - A Summer Garden Party!
Beautiful Ornamental Pepper Plants
I have grown these before, and they have as much color as any beautiful flower, in my opinon! They are so fun, its like having a little party going on in your garden all summer long!
These are grown mostly for their aesthetic value, and you can see why. However, some can be very hot, and some people use them in dishes as well. As with any capsicum, be careful of your skin when handling them, these hot peppers can be serious business!
You will find these cute little pepper plants carrying all kinds of colors of peppers. Some go to to a deep purple, almost black color. Some are orange, red, and yellow. Sometimes there is a combination as you see here, and that is my favorite.
If you want to grow these with the intention of using them in food dishes, you sometimes have to wait until they are grown until you know for sure how hot they will be. Some are more neutral, some are piping hot! The seeds inside and the white membrane are the most hot.
Some people dry these peppers for later use, or grind them up to put into cooking. They are very healthy, and can make you feel better if you are achy or sick. It is one of my favorite things about all hot peppers, especially cayenne.