Pumpkins, a decorative accent to any garden--
especially during the Autumn season. Even the
names of the varieties tend to set the mood for
the treasures that lie beneath those bright yellow
blossoms and those huge green leaves.
Everything from Spookies (6-7 inch globes) to
Big Max (can reach more than 100 lbs.).
When you go to the Pumpkin Patch to pick out
your selection-the perfect Jack-O-Lantern for
home and hearth, remember these pointers:
If you can cut your own from a vine, use pruning
shears, leaving about 3 inches of stem on the
fruit. Pumpkins can decay quickly, if the stems
are broken. Set your pumpkins in the sum for a
week or two to harden the outer skin, then store
in a cool, dry place until ready to use.
Pumpkins can be used as decorative touches in
planning any outdoor displays for Fall and
Halloween. Set a display of assorted pumpkins
in an old wheelbarrow, or child's play wagon.
Place around tied cornstalks or on sets of hay.
Use as seasonal punch bowls for cider, or apple
lemonade and as a serving bowl for soups,
stews, chili, etc.
Use smaller pumpkins for individual serving
dishes and even smaller ones as place cards
for a meal.
Pumpkins can be scooped out and votive
candles inserted for a striking effect, and
even flower and foliage choices can be placed
when florist styrofoam is inserted in the
pumpkin base. Use clear white tiny lights and
intertwine between pumpkins and gourds
on mantels, dining room sideboards, buffets,
table tops, etc.
Pumpkins only come once a year -- let's make
the most of the joy they bring and the beauty
they provide for our homes and our families.
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