Happy National Pumpkin Seed Day! Yesterday’s tablescape post was partly about falling leaves. BUT…the center of attention was the Cinderella pumpkin stack. And since today is National Pumpkin Seed Day, I thought we should discuss growing pumpkins from seeds.
First, a funny story. I’m telling on myself here. Call it stupidity (because it was). Call me excited (over having a garden for the first time). Call me over-anxious (because I was).
We had just moved to The Land of Making Do only six months prior. When you live in the middle of nowhere, you’re supposed to have a garden. Well, that’s what I thought. I immediately planted everything I dreamed of growing.
Did I read the information on the backs of all the seed packets? Well, a few, but not the pumpkin packet. In July, we had beautiful squash, zucchini, cantaloupe, (slightly sickly) watermelons and tomatoes, and the most perfectly beautiful…pumpkins! Yep. Fall would be early that year. By September, the pumpkins were overtaken by aphids, rotting, and had to be trashed. Wah!
All that to say, it pays to read the back side of every seed packet before planting. Haha! You knew that, right? I knew better, too. It all was a test, though. As a newbie, I wasn’t sure anything would grow for me. Coming from suburbia, I was delighted that anything grew. And, happily, everything did grow – but not perfectly in season. :-/
In my (limited) experience, saving seeds from Cinderella and ghost (aka Casper) pumpkins and planting them the following year doesn’t guarantee pumpkins growing in your yard. (It didn’t happen for me a few years ago, even when I planted them at the right time!) That whole hybrid thing changes things for us.
I’ve decided to order fresh seeds for next year. I’m sharing the Amazon* links below if you are interested in growing your own, too. (I will receive a small commission if you order from these links.)
Happy pumpkin growing next year! 🙂
That growing-pumpkins-out-of-season debacle was during pre-blogging days. Boy, would I have been all set for early displays of pumpkins if I’d been blogging then!
Speaking of displays, here are a few places I’ve used the Cinderella pumpkins I purchased at WalMart this year. Of course, the stack from yesterday’s Cinderella Pumpkin Stack Tablescape is the first example.
When the pumpkins first arrived home, we enjoyed them in the family room on the ladder Mom 2 gave me from her stash.
I love using old ladders!
Also in the family room, I gathered a few candles and berry vines together for a fall fireplace hearth display.
When buying mums at Kroger, be sure to check their stock inside in the floral department. There, you’ll find mums with much more interesting blooms and more bloomed-out than those out on the walkway.
Mine looked even better after a good, long drink!
Before adding the Cinderella pumpkins, we enjoyed the mums briefly at our kitchen entrance off the front porch.
Mom 2 (mom to my best neighborhood friend back in the day) gave me this cotton wreath for my birthday in August.
Oh, and the battery candle lantern Mom 2 gave me two years ago. (Isn’t she the best?)
After stacking the pumpkins on the milk jug beside the front door, I moved the mums to the wicker container there.
So, that’s how things are today, together with the Fall Wreath and Decorative Bow.
You’re all caught up! See how only s few purchases for fall can offer a lot of versatility?
What are you adding to your fall decor this year?
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