Monday, September 9, 2013

My First Fall Pumpkin

My pumpkin growing outside of the fence was a total failure.  Flop City.  And all of the other little maybe they will grow up to be big pumpkins failed to live longer than a few days, too.

With one exception.

This little beauty.  Who is growing on the inside of the fence AND on ground level!  In the perfect spot where she won't get stepped on or bothered.  Until a few days ago, she was still all white.  And then I noticed, she is finally getting some color to her.  I can't wait to see what her final look will be.  I believe she will be a pale, creamy sort of orangey-pink.  Not your typical bright orange.

But no matter what, I think I can semi-securely say I am growing my first pumpkin!  Woot, woot!  Life really is about the little things, isn't it?!

Have you ever grown a pumpkin?  And if so, do you have any experience with the heirloom varieties?  Outside of pie and bread, do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe?


Dawn said...

You know it really is about the little things. How excited we get when we have just a little triumph moment in the garden. I have never grown pumpkins here in SE FL - even though my understanding is they do well here. I did however try to grown cantaloupe once (the melon), but they either rotted out and/or got noshed on **sigh**

Violet Clouds said...

I haven't got a garden at the moment (the downside of city living) but I have in the past produced two very small, very orange pumpkins of which I was exceedingly proud! In the UK we only get pumpkins in the stores around Halloween but I intend to go on a baking spree and try out lots of recipes!

quilt'n-mama said...

We grow tons of pumpkins in our backyard every year. The kids favorite to grow! I bake them down in the fall and use pumpkin in all sorts of cooking and we love it! I add it to pancake batter with a little bit of spice, I add it to chicken noodle soup in the fall (the puree) gives it a beautiful color broth, adds a little thickness and it's good for you. I also have a couple of yeast dinner roll recipes that use pumpkin, they are really pretty and yummy too! I also add pureed pumpkin to spagetti sauce, taco meat and much more!

We have a heirloom pumpkin variety growing this year and it is doing beautifully, it has a different shape- looks like cinderella's carriage!


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