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My husband helped the kids carve their pumpkin with a drill. It was so much faster and easier. Its bit too early to carve pumpkins but they loved it! This pumpkin was about 30lbs with very think walls and beautiful orange color. I wish the flavor was sweeter. Does anyone know what variety libby grows foe their canned pumpkin lol? I need to grow those! I love the plain canned pumpkin! My luffa arbor is going crazy!
 

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If you are looking for a Jack o'Lantern pumpkin that is also useful for eating, maybe exploring the "pie pumpkin" group will get you where you want to go, Cosmo. I don't really know since this is the very first year that I've had anything to do with a pie punkin.

My reluctant to try them was for 2 reasons: 1) they all seemed to require too long of a season for here, & 2) I was happy with the C. maxima winter squash that I had been growing. Then, those C. maxima all but failed last year in typical spring for here that was just too, too typical - with wild temperature swings.

However, my Jack o'Lantern pumpkins (an early C. pepo variety) always does well and had just a super year, while their winter squash neighbors nearly all died. What could I do to hedge my bets? I found Cinnamon Girl seed advertised and tried that variety. They look like they are doing okay.

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If you are looking for a Jack o'Lantern pumpkin that is also useful for eating, maybe exploring the "pie pumpkin" group will get you where you want to go, Cosmo. I don't really know since this is the very first year that I've had anything to do with a pie punkin.

My reluctant to try them was for 2 reasons: 1) they all seemed to require too long of a season for here, & 2) I was happy with the C. maxima winter squash that I had been growing. Then, those C. maxima all but failed last year in typical spring for here that was just too, too typical - with wild temperature swings.

However, my Jack o'Lantern pumpkins (an early C. pepo variety) always does well and had just a super year, while their winter squash neighbors nearly all died. What could I do to hedge my bets? I found Cinnamon Girl seed advertised and tried that variety. They look like they are doing okay.

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I grew jack o lantern pumpkins last year and the flavor was so so. There is a pie pumpkin group? I'll search foe that! Thanks!
 

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If you are looking for a Jack o'Lantern pumpkin that is also useful for eating, maybe exploring the "pie pumpkin" group will get you where you want to go, Cosmo. I don't really know since this is the very first year that I've had anything to do with a pie punkin.

My reluctant to try them was for 2 reasons: 1) they all seemed to require too long of a season for here, & 2) I was happy with the C. maxima winter squash that I had been growing. Then, those C. maxima all but failed last year in typical spring for here that was just too, too typical - with wild temperature swings.

However, my Jack o'Lantern pumpkins (an early C. pepo variety) always does well and had just a super year, while their winter squash neighbors nearly all died. What could I do to hedge my bets? I found Cinnamon Girl seed advertised and tried that variety. They look like they are doing okay.

Steve
Interesting article! I had no idea that Libbys pumpkin is not what I had imagined it to be. No wonder my butternut squash made better pie lol!
 

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I have 3 huge vines of giant banana squash. They are taking over the world!

Butternut squash have many positive attributes! LOL
Squash does spread. Next year I'm planning to grow butternut squash on a trellis like my luffa gourds. We spent over an hour weeding the garden the last 3 days and it looks better but still much to do.
 

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Some pics from the garden this week. Watermelons are slow to get big. The late planting of corn is doing well. My son and I gave the hens a sunflower head and they love to pick the seeds out. DH and I weeded the strawberry beds. How do you all manage the runners?
 

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if there are already enough strawberry plants in the garden to begin with i just pull them off or cut them off as i see them.

as the strawberry patch ages you will want to replace older plants with newer plants - after the 2nd or 3rd bearing season remove every other plant and then let the runners from one of the neighbors fill it back in for you.

or if the whole patch gets too full of weeds turn it all under. you can root enough runners in pots and then in early fall get the whole patch turned under and put those potted plants in the spots you want them.
 

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if there are already enough strawberry plants in the garden to begin with i just pull them off or cut them off as i see them.

as the strawberry patch ages you will want to replace older plants with newer plants - after the 2nd or 3rd bearing season remove every other plant and then let the runners from one of the neighbors fill it back in for you.

or if the whole patch gets too full of weeds turn it all under. you can root enough runners in pots and then in early fall get the whole patch turned under and put those potted plants in the spots you want them.
Thank you! The weeds have been kept under control but they are just growing runners like crazy. I'm not complaining!
 

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Some garden pictures. I am tired and told my husband I cant wait foe winter lol. This was a great garden season and I've put in lots of hours and I'm tired and ready for a rest. But I still have 2 months left! The corn I planted few weeks ago n.v is doing amazing. The brassicas suffered a transplant shock but perked back up well. The peas are struggling but hopefully will make it. The okra plants are 7 feet tall! The luffa trellis is getting harder to walk under. The vines are so prolific! I did harvest one luffa that was laying on the ground and It looks really nice! Thank God for the weekend because that means we can have a family day of fun! Have a great weekend everyone!
 

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