Pumpkins!

Pumpkins!

Did I mention in my half-thought, sprawling bio that I also like to garden?

On top of that, and probably stemming from my love of Halloween, I’ve always liked pumpkins. When I was a kid, they were always either the classic Jack-o-lantern type, round and orange, or the tiny little flattish ones that people would paint instead of carve. Eventually I was introduced to white pumpkins, and gradually became fascinated with the wide and deep variety of breeds available.

I was especially intrigued when I found out about the blue-skinned Jarrahdale pumpkin, not too long ago. They have a spooky, gray-blue skin and are said to be the very best for pies; unfortunately, they look a bit irregular compared to the usual carving pumpkins, and are much, MUCH thicker. I decided I would like to breed a more round, carveable, yet still pie-worthy pumpkin with spooky-blue skin… one day.

And when I visited the pumpkin patch in October 2019, lo and behold…

Not only did they have Jarrahdales, but they had a nice one, smooth and round. I grabbed that one up right away, and then took a look around for any other finds. They had a couple of other varieties, like Cinderella and Peanut, but I decided on a white one of unclear subtype and similar build to my Jarrahdale.

So, for Halloween, I carved the typical Gray Alien into the blue one, a quick and dirty skull into the white one, and saved the seeds for what is currently looking to be on its way to a good harvest this October!

Prior to this, due to a bit of lag in their sprouting, I bought additional seeds for Jarrahdale and Cotton Candy pumpkins. It turned out I didn’t need them, but now after I select the best of the best from this harvest, I’ll have even more genetic diversity to work with in 2021! Looking forward to seeing what I grow, and to what comes with the offspring.

Also curious what a pumpkin pie made from white flesh will turn out like…

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