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It's Pumpkin Season!

Pumpkin Patch 

For many gardeners, the progression into autumn fills them with dread, knowing that winter is only a stones throw away and that their gardening ventures may come to a halt whilst the less desirable winter chill invites itself into our lives. 

All is not lost, though. With the harvesting season comes a boatload of benefits for avid gardeners, especially those who like to keep their garden looking beautiful and well kept. The autumnal colour palette of deep reds, vibrant oranges, and sunset yellows already creates a naturally beautiful backdrop for your garden, with winter vegetables just adding to the richness and comfort of autumn.

That’s where the pumpkins come in! In the run-up to Halloween – they’re everywhere, and the popular winter vegetable is useful for a number of different autumnal traditions…

Grow your own 

Whilst the majority of vegetables thrive and grow in the summertime, pumpkins, squash, potatoes and carrots are all associated as traditional winter comfort food. By planting pumpkins to ripen in the last week of August, and placing straw underneath will prevent rotting, your pumpkins will be ready to harvest mid-October and ready to use – whether that’s eating or carving and transforming them into decorations for the home. 

Make a pie 

Despite being much more popular in America, pumpkin pie is a tasty and indulgent way to get your 5-a-day. Find a recipe online and use fragrant spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, along with sweet and woody maple syrup to create a dessert perfect for autumn 

Carve it up

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It has been universally acknowledged that one of the best parts of Halloween is carving an impressive pumpkin to entertain your neighbours, so why not take this opportunity to get creative? Draw up a detailed design of what you’d like to carve and spend an entire day working to bring your amazing creation to life!

Get decorative 

Use pumpkins as a base to create unique and individual decorations for the home. Use paint to create different coloured candleholders, lanterns and even bowls – you’ll save money and keep yourself occupied for an afternoon!

 

Make the most of the surge of pumpkins that appear in the run up to Halloween and follow our suggestions for the best pumpkin ideas of the season!

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