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Growing Pumpkins and Recipes

Updated on September 23, 2014

Happy Halloween! Postcard

on Zazzle. See link below.
on Zazzle. See link below.

Garden Fresh Pumpkins

Grow your own pumpkins is easy. Fresh pumpkins not only make funny or scary Jack o' lanterns for Halloween, but make delicious homemade pumpkin recipes too. Don't throw away the seeds, roast them in the oven for a tasty snack.

Having grown pumpkins in the past with not the best luck, we planted two pumpkin plants on my sister-in-laws farm. Hoping to get a couple good pumpkins out of it, we soon found the pumpkin plants overran about 75% of the huge garden. At this moment, we have over a dozen large ripe pumpkins ready to be picked with another dozen still growing.

The into photo is one of many Halloween Pumpkin Postcards available here by Sandyspider Gifts on Zazzle.

Pumpkin Postcards and Party Invitations

Here are just three of the the Pumpkin Postcards and Party Invitations. Go there with the link in the intro text.
Here are just three of the the Pumpkin Postcards and Party Invitations. Go there with the link in the intro text.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree is Easier Than Pie

Most pumpkin recipes begin with pumpkin puree. Here is an easy way to make puree from a garden fresh pumpkin. Medium ripe pumpkins make the best choice. Large pumpkins are grainier.

Steps to making puree:

1. Cut open the pumpkin and remove the seeds and fibrous strings.

2. Cut the pumpkin into four to eight pieces.

3. Line a large baking pan aluminum foil.

4. Place the pumpkin pieces, rind side up, onto the baking pan.

5. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for one to 1 1/2 hours, or until pulp is soft.

6. Scoop the soft pulp from the rind with a spoon. Discard the rind.

7. Use a blender to give the pulp a smooth texture. Place the puree into cheesecloth, and squeeze out as much water as possible.

Leftover puree can be frozen.

Pumpkin Puree

5 stars for Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin and Cupcakes Mug

Click on the link to check out this mug.
Click on the link to check out this mug. | Source

Halloween Favorite

The Pumpkin and Cupcake image is the most popular that sells for the Halloween products on 3DRose for Sandy Mertens. The Pumpkin and Cupcakes Mug is a nice addition with matching coasters. Why drink coffee out of an ordinary mug when an imprinted mug is so much cooler? Microwave safe, FDA approved. Image is printed on both sides of the mug.

Find this mug and many more on the pumpkin and Halloween mugs on the

Sandy Mertens Halloween Food Designs Mug page here.

Cool looking Pumpkin Veggie Face Mug is available here You must see this one.

Halloween Pumpkins and Sunflowers Theme - Mugs - Looks Great With Those Matching Coasters

3dRose Sandy Mertens Halloween Designs - Halloween Pumpkins and Sunflowers Theme - 11oz Magic Transforming Mug (mug_36410_3)
3dRose Sandy Mertens Halloween Designs - Halloween Pumpkins and Sunflowers Theme - 11oz Magic Transforming Mug (mug_36410_3)
Pumpkin and Sunslower decoration image mug is extra cool. Enjoy this magic transforming mug. Fill with hot liquid to transform from black to white, magically revealing image.

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds - Try Season Salt

See link below
See link below | Source

Pumpkin Seeds and Mix Postcard - Click Here by Sandyspider Gifts on Zazzle.

Instructions for roasting pumpkin seeds

  1. Rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water and pick out the pulp and strings.
  2. Place the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet, stirring to coat.
  3. Sprinkle with salt or other seasoning and bake at 325 degrees F until toasted, about 25 minutes, checking and stirring after 10 minutes.

Let cool and store in an air-tight container.

Planting Pumpkins - Rich Soil Works Best

Halloween pumpkin postcards. Check these out with the link in the intro text.
Halloween pumpkin postcards. Check these out with the link in the intro text.

How to plant the seeds

Place seeds or plants in a sunny area. These plants need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. Begin planting when the temperatures have been constantly in the low 70s.

If planting from seeds; plant 4 to 5 seeds in a circle and space the seeds about 6 to 8 inches apart. It is recommended to mound the soil around the pumpkin seeds.

Cover the seeds with about an inch of loosely packed soil. Water lightly. Once the pumpkins begin to spout they need a good amount of water. Make sure to water pumpkins every few days.

Once Pumpkins become a plant, make sure they are spaced at least one foot apart. Depending upon the variety you choose it takes 85 to 125 days to grow a pumpkin.

Realistic Fall Mini Artificial Pumpkins

Factory Direct Craft Package of 16 Realistic Fall Mini Artificial Pumpkins for Halloween, Fall and Thanksgiving Decorating
Factory Direct Craft Package of 16 Realistic Fall Mini Artificial Pumpkins for Halloween, Fall and Thanksgiving Decorating
Artificial mini pumpkins for adding to a fall wreath, a table centerpiece, or other fall decorating and craft projects.

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    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      smine27 You do need the space to plant these. We didn't plant that many and there were taking over the garden.

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      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I wish I could grow a pumpkin or at least had the space to. I love pumpkins.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Margaret Schindel , There is something about homemade and fresh that make these recipes so much better tasting than store bought.

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      Margaret Schindel 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sandy, you've got some very cool pumpkin-themed designs on your Zazzle postcards, mugs and posters. I made both fresh pumpkin puree and roasted pumpkin seeds for the first time last year, and the taste was far superior to any commercial products I've tried.

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      7 years ago

      What a cool lens! I do hope to attempt to grow pumpkins this year.

      I clicked on the rocketmoms facebook link and it says that the page isn't there anymore.

    • ChrisDay LM profile image

      ChrisDay LM 

      9 years ago

      Come the Autumn, we're usually inundated with pumpkins and squashes of many shapes and sizes. We still have a few to eat from last year. Great lens thanks.

    • GonnaFly profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      Yes. We are growing our own pumpkins. Your lens has been blessed and added to my Growing Vegetables and Herbs lens.

    • VSP profile image


      9 years ago

      My backyard is to small for pumpkins, but really like the information you share. Featured this lens on my Everything Pumpkin, Recipes and More lens.

    • capriliz lm profile image

      capriliz lm 

      9 years ago

      Your lens is so colorful and vibrant. We planted pumpkins in the yard one year and I was totally amazed at how the pumpkin plants just kept growing and spreading.

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      9 years ago

      I really must do this one year soon! Great lens, looks fabulous!

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      Seeking Pearls 

      9 years ago from Pueblo West

      I don't grow my own pumpkins since I live in an apartment and that curtails my gardening activites. I love decorating pumpkins though for Halloween and this is a really pretty lens. Love all your festive pumkin photos.

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      9 years ago

      I just featured this lens on my Halloween Recipes page.

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for adding this lens to Meal on a Stick I see you featured your lens for the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars.. that recipe would look great on this lens (smiles) Yummy!! Good job Sandy.

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      9 years ago

      My neighbor grew pumpkins each year for a while, what a pretty festive lens!

    • MomwithAHook LM profile image

      Sara Duggan 

      9 years ago from California

      Growing pumpkins seems like a big project. But as you point out here well worth it as you can make so many things. You can even use every piece of the pumpkin - outer, inner, and even bake those seeds. YUM.

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      9 years ago

      I only tried growing pumpkins once. I managed to get 3 big ones and several more smaller ones. Made the best pumpkin pies! Lensroll to Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

    • VSP profile image


      9 years ago

      Almost makes me want to try and make pumpkin puree again.

    • Othercatt profile image


      9 years ago

      I grow my own pumpkins and roast the seeds. I always soak them in saltwater overnight before I bake them and they turn out great.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Great lens. I love fresh pumpkin. We don't salt our seeds before we cook them. I will have it a try next time we have a pumpkin.

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      9 years ago

      Roasted pumpkin seeds...I've never been able to get them to come out. Have to try your method. Maybe, maybe...

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      9 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I've never successfully grown a pumpkin. I have never successfully cooked the pumpkin seeds. Pumpkins and I do not get along unless they are canned. Maybe you have helped to change that.

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      9 years ago

      I love to make pumpkin pie from scratch. There's nothing like it. The roasted seeds are a nice change of pace as well.

      Thanks for sharing,


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      Canela Ajena 

      9 years ago from Houston

      this is a beautiful lens Sandy. Very colorful and beautiful images.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      9 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I made a type of pumpking cake just last weekend for my father-in-laws birthday. With some maple frosting, it was a hit. Great tips, I've never grown my own.

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      9 years ago from Western Mass

      i love pumpkin foods! lr to my pumpkin recipes lens

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      9 years ago

      Nice lens Sandy. If I want to roast pumpkin seeds in the future, I'll know where to come. : )

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      9 years ago

      I've never grown a pumpkin patch, but would love too, perhaps one day.. great lens!!


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