10 Things You Can do With Pumpkin Seeds

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Pumpkin puree has center stage this time of year. There seems to be no limit to the ways pumpkin puree can be used: pumpkin pies, cakes, breads, drinks, and even body treatments.

Annually, pumpkin puree struts on stage like some kind of crazy peacock. All the while, the humble little pumpkin seeds sit quietly in the corner cheering and supporting them.

I felt sorry for the little guys, so today’s post is all about the pumpkin seeds. (Okay. Maybe a little too goofy.)

Here are 10 ways pumpkin seeds can be used.

1. Pumpkin Seeds for Next Year’s Garden

To have your pumpkin seeds make more pumpkins next year, here’s what you do.

Before baking your pumpkin (if you like to bake it whole) remove the seeds. Thoroughly rinse the seeds to remove all pumpkin guts. Place the rinsed seeds, singled layered, on a paper towel. After an hour or so place them on a new dry paper towel. (We like to reuse our paper towels.) Depending on the room humidity, the seeds may take as little as one week to a few weeks to dry. Periodically check on them, and toss any moldy seeds. Once they’ve dried, place the seeds in a paper envelope to save for next spring’s garden.

2. Baked Pumpkin Seeds

The flavors you can come up with for roasted pumpkin seeds are limited only by your imagination. If you can think of a spice you enjoy, then you’ll probably like pumpkin seeds with that spice.

Here’s one of the simplest roasted pumpkin seeds recipes you’ll find. I’m ALL about simple recipes.

3. Cornucopia Cookies

I recently tried some cookies that had pumpkin or squash seeds in them. I had intended to bake my own special concoction, but we’ve had some oven issues. We now have a working oven, but you know how it goes. Too many things you want to do and not enough time.

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It’s that time of year again when we all [try to] slow down a bit and get cozied up indoors for the cool weather and long-awaited holiday breaks.

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The Priceless Value of Shoeboxes & Cardboard Toilet Paper Rolls to a Gardener

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I had planned on sharing a few pumpkin recipes today; however, our oven is on the fritz. This means I was not able to do any baking or take photos of the mysterious pumpkin yummies. We’ll try again in a few weeks.

When you can’t share pumpkin recipes the very next logical thought is, “Talk about cardboard.” Right?

First let me say, I’ve not done a ton of research on paper or cardboard. However, I know some people have concerns about the chemicals used in paper products. Naturally, the more you can stick to absolute natural materials the better off you’ll be.

Okay, now back to the list. :)

Here are just a few ways gardeners make use of shoeboxes, cardboard toilet paper rolls, newspapers, and other paper products.

1. Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starter Containers

Do a word search for toilet paper roll seed starters, and you’ll see a plethora of images on this idea. They’re easy to make and inexpensive.

A few months from now we’ll all be counting the weeks until our last frost-free date. This is also about the time you’ll want to start getting an indoor head-start on seedlings. So, start saving your toilet paper rolls. :D

2. Lasagna Gardening

Lasagna gardening is often referred to as sheet composting or as a no-till gardening.

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How to Use Worm Castings

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This is, by far, one of the easiest posts I’ve written because using worm castings is so easy to do. It’s also not a real “exciting” post, though, either. I’ll try to make up for that in some future posts. :)

In the last Compost Worms 101 installment, I walked you through how to harvest worm castings. Today, we’ll talk about how to use the castings.

Just as there are a number of ways worm castings can be harvested, there are also a number of ways they can be used:

  1. Mix the castings into the soil.
  2. Use the castings as a top dressing.
  3. Make a vermicompost “tea.”

It’s pretty much how you’d use any other compost.

This is technically called vermicompost since you’re not using ONLY worm castings (pooh). You’re using the worm castings, composted kitchen scraps, and anything else in the worm bin.

Mix the castings into the soil.

When you’re transplanting your plants, dig the hole and toss in a handful (or two, or three) of the castings. Mix in a little of the garden soil, and plop the plant in the hole with the rest of the needed soil. You’re done.

Use the castings as a top dressing.

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Garden Watering Tips {Video}

The way I see it, there are two possible responses to the timing of this post:

Response No. 1: Are you SERIOUS!? Your Gardening Friend is JUST NOW sharing garden watering tips … in the middle of AUGUST?

Response No. 2: WOW! Your Gardening Friend is AMAZING!!! Holly’s preparing me for next year’s garden 8 months early, AND I get to benefit from these tips during the last part of THIS year’s garden! She’s just the greatest thing since … since the pressure canner.

I’m sure this goes without saying, but I’m totally unbiased in choosing the correct

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