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Forty Fort, PA


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What to do with all those pumpkin seeds

You have everything ready to carve a pumpkin with the kids this week. You picked out the perfect pumpkin. Picked up a new set of carving tools. And polled the kids on the best funny/scary face to carve. There’s only one thing left to think about. What to do with all those pumpkin seeds?

Pumpkin seed ideas - Edward's Garden Center

So many pumpkin seeds, what to do?!? How about some of these ideas!

Option 1: Bake them for a tasty, healthy snack
Even if you are not a pumpkin flavor enthusiast, you may enjoy munching in some pumpkin seeds. With just a little seasoning you can bake pumpkin seeds to taste like just about anything you want. A quick Google search will give you flavors from traditional to Old Bay to barbecue. Choose a recipe your family will like and prepare to dry your seeds. Once you have cleaned all of the pumpkin pulp off, lay the pumpkins seeds out in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Let them dry in a cool dry area for a few days. Once they are dry, you will want to toss the seeds with a little bit of vegetable oil. Roast at 375 degrees F, stirring them every 5 mins or so. They will be done in about 15 minutes. Then sprinkle seeds with the seasoning of your choice and enjoy.

Option 2: Save them to plant
Did you know pumpkins are actually relatively easy to grow? Maybe you should save your seeds and grow your own pumpkins for next fall. If you decide this little adventure is worth the undertaking you will want be careful removing the seeds when you open up your pumpkin.

First, remove the pulp and seeds from the pumpkin and place them in a colander. Next you want to remove the seeds from the pulp. Place the colander under running water. As the water runs over the pulp, start picking out the seeds from the pulp. Rinse them in the running water as you do. Do not let the pumpkin pulp  sit in non-running water. You probably won’t be planting ALL of the seeds you dug out of your pumpkin. Instead choose the biggest seeds and put them on a paper towel to dry. Make sure the seeds are spaced out so they don’t stick to each other. Put the seeds in a cool, dry spot for one week. Then pack them up in an envelope for next spring. With any luck, you will have your own little pumpkin patch.

For more tips check out: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pumpkin/saving-pumpkin-seeds-how-to-store-pumpkin-seed-for-planting.htm.

Pumpkin seed necklace - Edward's Garden Center

Photo credit: activityvillage.co.uk/pumpkin-seed-necklace

Option 3: Arts & crafts for the kids
Pumpkin seeds can be used in many arts and crafts with the kids. They are easy to paint and can be made into necklaces and bracelets or glued to paper in many unique ways. Our favorite craft is the pumpkin seed necklace.

For this activity you will need your pumpkin seeds roasted. Once you have cleaned them up and roasted them, you can start painting. You will want to set the seeds on tinfoil to dry. Choose Halloween or fall colors for a fun autumn craft. TIP: The painting part is quite messy so you will want to make sure you use washable paint. When the seeds are all painted and dry, you can begin threading them. Thread your needle with a length of thread long enough to go over your or your child’s head with 3 or 4 inches to spare. Put your seeds a few at a time on a pile on newspaper or a thin sponge. One by one push the needle down through the seed – when you have pierced the seed safely, pick it up and pull it through the thread. When your thread is about two thirds filled, knot the ends together tightly.

Note: you need a sharp needle for this so make sure children are well supervised or that an adult does the threading. For more on making a pumpkin seed necklace, visit: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/pumpkin-seed-necklace.

Hope you can make all those pumpkin seeds useful! And speaking of pumpkin seeds… have you entered our contest on Facebook? Guess how many seeds are in the giant pumpkin from the Fall Festival. Closest guess without going over wins $100 gift card to the Garden Center. Good luck!


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Garden Center Fall Festival Sept 27 and 28

Big Foot is ready for Autumn at Edward's Garden Center.

Big Foot is ready for Autumn at Edward’s Garden Center.

Cooler weather is approaching and our Garden Center staff is busy getting ready for Autumn. We have hundreds of mums decorating our gardens. Our pumpkins and gourds have just arrived and even Big Foot has packed his bag full of fall items.

To celebrate the fall season, we will be having a two day Fall Festival.

Stop by the Garden Center Sept 27th and 28th to take part in the festivities.

For the kids:

  • Face painting will be provided by Face Painting by Jessica. She is more than ready to decorate the kiddos faces or hands with their favorite characters and designs. She recently received stencils for the Frozen characters!
  • Pony rides: 10 am to 4 pm both days. Rides will be $5

For the whole family:

  • Pet costume parade and contest: Dress up your furry family members and walk them in the parade. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be given out. Parade will be Sunday, 28th at 2 pm. Prizes for the contest: 1st prize $100 gift card, 2nd prize: $50 gift card and 3rd prize: $25 gift card.
  • Giant pumpkin contest: Giant pumpkin will be on hand. Whoever guesses the closest weight gets a $100 gift card. The winner will be chosen at 4 pm on Sunday.
  • Selfie Contest: Take a picture with Big Foot, post it to our Facebook page to be entered. Prize: $100 gift card!
  • Blue Chip Farms will be visiting with adoptable dogs both days. Edward’s Garden Center is a supporter of Blue Chip and will match all donations up to $5oo.
  • SALE: 50% off fruit trees
  • Food vendors: Hotdogs, sausage, wings, smoked apples, kettle corn, desserts and more!

To get people excited for the Fall Festival we are running a few Facebook contests. Right now, visit our Facebook page and find the status update about the contest. Comment with your favorite thing about fall and you will be entered to win a $50 gift card.

We will have another Facebook contest beginning before the Fall Festival. Hint: The contest involves our very own Big Foot!

Hope to see everyone at the Fall Festival Sept 27th and 28 at the Garden Center! You won’t be sorry you came 🙂

Fall at Edwards Garden Center