Pumpkins are large orange fruits which grow above ground but rest on the floor because they get so heavy.

You can plant seeds you buy from a shop straight away but if you get them from inside a pumpkin dry the seeds in a paper towel and leave them to for a week.

When you cut the top of your pumpkin off to decorate it for Halloween the mushy orange stuff you scoop out is mixed with the seeds. Collect the seeds and dry as many as you want to plant. Did you know that lots of people eat pumpkin seeds; they are very good for you and taste delicious.

Gardening tip :

Plant more than one pumpkin seed so if one does not sprout the other might. If they all sprout you can give them to your friends.

The idea of planting seeds like this is to do it as nature does. Wild pumpkins drop their seeds, the seeds travel or stay put but until the next season, the seeds wait to be covered by soil for water so they can sprout and grow.

Water the soil until the pumpkin seed sprouts into a plant then take care of it inside until it is too big for its small plant pot. When it grows too big, plant it in its patch in the garden or a large tub filled with compost.

Watch your pumpkin plant grow.

See Nan Fran’s Curried Pumpkin Soup Recipe

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