How to Grow Pumpkins
Plant in summer, and when fall comes, you'll have beautiful pumpkins for jack-o-lantern carving and homemade pies
Can anything beat the wonderful fall traditions of carving pumpkins for Halloween and baking homemade pumpkin pie for a fall dessert? Only the satisfaction of doing it all with homegrown pumpkins. Growing pumpkins and carving or baking is a great family project, particularly baking a pumpkin pie from scratch–if the rich pumpkin flavor doesn’t surpass any pie you ever tasted, your sense of accomplishment will.
When to Plant
- Summer is the best time to start growing pumpkin plants from pumpkin seeds.
- Check catalogs and seed packets for varieties recommended for pies. You can carve any pie-friendly variety for a jack-o-lantern, too.
- However, take note: If you’re interested in growing a white pumpkin or green pumpkin for fall decorating, you might not achieve the same kind of flavor from the flesh for pies.
- We have grown several kinds of pumpkins in our Test Garden, then sent the harvest to our Test Kitchen, where cooks used the pureed pumpkin flesh in scratch pies.
- In the tasting that followed, ‘Cinderella’ won top honors and ‘Small Sugar’ came in a close second.
- Both varieties have a rich, sweet pumpkin flavor and flesh that bakes well into a firm but creamy filling.