October 27, 2022
Your pumpkin is carved, and set out ready to welcome the trick-or-treaters, but what do you do with all the seeds that you’ve been left with? Compost or food waste is where our pumpkin’s insides would usually end up… but why not try something different this year and save your seeds instead?
Before you start out on this venture, it’s always worth noting that pumpkins will happily cross-pollinate with other pumpkin and squash varieties via insect pollination. So, your champion pumpkin, whether it’s heirloom or hybrid, may not necessarily produce the same type of pumpkin next year (but we think that’s part of the fun!!)
Saving your seeds is quick and easy and doesn’t require any specialist equipment! All you need is a colander, baking paper, somewhere cool and dry, and an envelope.
Follow our simple steps below, and you could be carving your very own homegrown pumpkin next Halloween:
TIP – For the smaller seeds, instead of discarding them, why not roast them in the oven for 10 minutes with a little olive oil and seasoning for a healthy snack or to add to salads!
When it comes to planting your pumpkin seeds, our Mini 4 Blocker is the perfect place to start them. Use your Mini 4 Blocker with Dowel Pin Inserts, to allow space for the larger seeds.
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