Gooligan White Baby Pumpkin

90-100 days. Cucurbita pepo. One heck of a cute little white Pumpkin, Gooligan will be almost anything you want. Your children can paint faces on them, you can use them for tabletop or mantle fall decorations and you can bake or roast them in much the same way as you would miniature Acorn Squash. Easy-to-grow Gooligan produces vigorous vines with oodles of perfect little 6" white orbs from 1/4 to 1 pound. Since the fruits are so small, only up to 6" in diameter, it may be trellised where it looks like hanging garden jewelry. Try baking this Gooligan whole: cut off the lid, scoop out its few seeds and add maple syrup, brown sugar and butter onto which you float a fresh Sage leaf. Put its lid back on and bake at 350°F until its steaming pale orange flesh is tender when fork-pierced. Absolute ambrosia with only a little bit of guilt. (F1.)

One packet of about 20 seeds
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Easy to grow Pumpkins are best direct-sown in well-draining, fertile, 60°F soil, two weeks past the last spring frost date with plenty of room to ramble. To win a prize for size, incorporate massive amounts of compost and/or well-rotted manure into the patch. Ease up on watering towards maturity to avoid watery flesh. Harvest with a sharp knife, leaving 2" of stem when leaves wither or skin is hard enough to resist piercing with your thumbnail. Cure, leaving outdoors in the sun for ten days, or in a warm, dry room for four to five days, then store in a cool, dry place. Besides Jack-o-lanterns and pie with whipped cream, Pumpkin is big in world cuisine now: Italians adore Pumpkin-filled pasta. How about Basque soup with Cabbage, Garlic and dried Beans or an exotic and spicy Moroccan pork and Pumpkin tagine? Bee friendly. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 2 years.
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