Bob's Designer Pumpkin Mixture

100-120 days. Cucurbita pepo. This exciting seed blend is from Bob Koenders at Michigan's Backyard Bouquet Farm. The product of 10 years of careful breeding work, Bob's Designer Pumpkin Mixture contains unique, carefully selected varieties with ornate patterns, colors, shapes and sizes that bear little resemblance to their Pumpkin parents. You may see a green Pumpkin with a ghost's orange silhouette, an orange Pumpkin with green blotches, stripes or netting, distinctly bi-colored Pumpkins or even a pure orange Pumpkin in a fascinating shape. They range from long, tall 25-pounders to stackable 3-to 5-pounders. Their strong, attached, curved stems are usually 6" to 10" long. These one-of-a-kind beauties store much better and longer than typical Pumpkins due to their high density and thick walls. (OP.)

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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