Getting a head start on Halloween for a gardener takes place in July when pumpkin seeds need to be sown to enjoy putting them as a decoration for Halloween. Cinderella Pumpkins or Carriage Pumpkins are the variety I am trying out this year in my garden. I bought seeds from Renee’s Seeds which are a French heirloom variety.
For resources on HOW TO GROW PUMPKINS check out this link, it is a good web site for planting and growing pumpkins and squash.
Recipe for Pumpkin Soup using Cinderella Pumpkins: LINK
|Pumpkin, ”Cinderella’s Carriage”|
(See insert below from Renee’s Seeds website …. It is a good thing I got them early as you can see from the web site copy below – they have sold out for this year.
|Glowing red-orange, these large and beautiful antique French pumpkins have a wonderful flattened shape with deep rounded lobes just like a fairy tale illustration.
Sold out; 2011 seed available Sept. 15
First month of growth when the pumpkins were round and bright yellow, I thought the wrong seeds must have been placed in the package.
Three months later the pumpkins have turned to a deep orange and the shape has flattened out to resemble more of a carriage. I guess the right seeds were in the package all along! I plan to carry this pumpkin on a plane with me when I visit my son at college next month for his dorm room. I wonder how that will work out?