Pumpkin Madness!

Posted by Nate in Garden.
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006 at 8:36 pm

Well, it all paid off: we are the proud growers of an enormous "Cinderella" pumpkin!  And at least one good smaller one, and possibly two more if they ripen before we get a frost… 

9-30-2006-2-24-04-pm_0007.JPGThat’s me trying to get back to the big pumpkin to cut it free – the garden, as you may recall, is incredibly overgrown.  The pumpkin vine basically took over everything, crawling up and over the tomatoes and out into the alley.  After the summer heat broke and we got some more rain, two new pumpkins started growing and they seem to be doing very well.  Just a race against time to get them ripened and picked.

9-30-2006-2-25-42-pm_0008.JPGTa da!  Got the sucker picked and hauled out of there – amazingly, the pantyhose solution worked!  I had no idea how strong that stuff is, but it grew to over twice what I could stretch it by hand and still held the 45 pound pumpkin suspended.  That’s right, I said 45 pounds!!  No state fair winner, but damn big for our little garden…

9-30-2006-2-30-52-pm_0010.JPGThe little guy is only 15 pounds.  It seems big until you see them together.  Now what are we going to do with them??  Probably cut and peel them and freeze them, either before or after boiling and mashing – I’ll read up and see.  They should keep for a while, it would be great to have home-grown pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and even Christmas.  Yum…

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4 Responses to “Pumpkin Madness!”

  1. Rick Says:

    45 pounds!!! Did you say 45 pounds!??? How many pies will that make? Yummmm. And do I hear any thoughts of a pumpkin ale brewing in your head?

  2. Mary Jo Says:

    Don’t forget how many yummy pumpkin seeds you can make from that 45 pounder—-plus from the 15 pounder too. I can just taste them now.

  3. Justin Says:

    Sweeeeet!!! Very nice!

  4. Laurel Says:

    Nice work, growers, that’s a fat pumpkin! That should give you guys a ton of bread, pie, and beer! I’m hoping to make an excursion to the suburbs soon to pick out a couple pumpkins for carving and eating. Yum, fall is fun!