Seminole Pumpkin Patch

So way back when, I mentioned that I wanted to plant some Seminole Pumpkins.  For my post on my introduction to these interesting pumpkins, and how to bake a pumpkin for use in a pie (or anything else), {click here.}  I really wanted to try my hand at growing some, but our yard just isn’t anywhere close to big enough.  So Wheat drove me out to his family farm and we found a burn pile hidden off a fire line in the woods, and there I planted my seminole pumpkin seeds.

For a while, we didn’t get much rain, and I was afraid my pumpkins were never going to even sprout.  However, the rains finally came (and never left) and my pumpkins got their start.  We have been checking on them every week or two, and one day we rode out to check on them to find plants!  For those of you reading to find out when to plant seminole pumpkin seeds, we planted these back in mid-May, so this post jumps forward through time reallyyyyyy quickly.  Anyway, these first couple of pictures are from mid-June.

Seminole Pumpkin Plants | Oysters & Pearls

We wisely marked each one we planted with a flag.  The ones we planted outside the burn pile got choked out by weeds, but we knew that for sure because of the flags.  It has also been neat to see where the plants started from, because they got HUGE!

Seminole Pumpkin Leaves | Oysters & Pearls

When the plants were younger, the leaves were really pretty and almost variegated.

Seminole Pumpkin Curl | Oysters & Pearls

Ready to conquer anything!

The next time we checked on them, it had been almost a month later – we’re busy people, y’all – and we weren’t sure what we would find.  It had rained practically all day everyday, and we didn’t know if they would have drowned or not.  Nope.  Definitely not.  These pictures were taken on the same day as I took the Cotton Blossom pictures… August 3.

Wheat in the Pumpkin Patch | Oysters & Pearls

We couldn’t believe how BIG they had gotten!  And little green pumpkins everywhere, and flowers blooming still, too.  This was just a week ago on Sunday.

Seminole Pumpkin Patch | Oysters & Pearls

Seminole Pumpkins | Oysters & Pearls

The pumpkins were all still green though, so not ready to pick.

Fast forward to this past weekend (Sunday morning).  The pumpkins (or at least 10 of them) were ready for picking!

Ripe Seminole Pumpkins | Oysters & Pearls

Ripe Seminole Pumpkin | Oysters & Pearls

It’s been so exciting!  We picked 10 pumpkins on Sunday morning.  Three of them ripped a little of the flesh when we picked them, so I had to use them up immediately.  Without any bruises or cuts, they will keep in a dry location for up to a year!  So anyway, Sunday I cut and cooked those three pumpkins, as well as the last one I had from Tezzie’s garden from last year {instructions for baking pumpkin here}.  FOUR PUMPKINS.

I cut up and cooked and pureed (with the help of my new Kitchenaid immersion blender) until almost 11 o’clock at night on Sunday.  I ended up with 10 jars of pumpkin butter (recipe coming tomorrow) and 10 bags holding 2 cups each of plain pureed pumpkin (2 cups is how much goes into one pie).

So anywho, the moral of the story is, I am pumpkin-RICH!

Besides pumpkin butter and pumpkin pie, what’s your favorite way to use pumpkin?  I’ve got some cooking with pumpkin to do.

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2 thoughts on “Seminole Pumpkin Patch

  1. Amy Vickers

    Nat I enjoy reading your blogs!I was actually sharing some of them with a caterer customer of mine just the other day!Keep on Blogging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. oystersandpearls Post author

      Thank you! I really enjoy doing it, and it’s crazy to me every time someone tells me they are reading. I never expected so many people to follow along! So thanks!! :)

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