Perfect Pumpkins

October 19, 2019
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Perfect Pumpkins

It’s that time of year where the leaves are falling and there should be a good variety of ripe winter squash, ready to be harvested and carved with bizarre faces. Whether you’re looking to carve weird and wonderful faces into your Pumpkin to create a decorative garden lantern, or simply cook the vegetable to produce a traditional harvest soup, there is a distinctive variety to meet your requirements.

Picking the perfect pumpkin can be a tricky task. By this time, pumpkins should sound hollow when tapped, proving that they are ripe and ready to be removed from the plant.

Please make sure that all children are supervised by an adult when carving  a pumpkin, especially when using a sharp object.

Jack-O’-Lantern Pumpkins:
This standard pumpkin is the perfect shade of orange and is round with a smooth, flat base; excellent for sculpting your masterpiece into.

Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin blog

Pumpkin blog Jack-O-Lantern

‘Knucklehead’ / ‘Warty’ Pumpkins:
These pumpkins are similar in colour to the Jack-o’-lantern pumpkins; however, they are covered in bumps to give a spooky, warty appearance. These may be more difficult to carve shapes into; yet they are perfect for an unusual, chilling Halloween decoration.

Knucklehead Pumpkin Blog

Sugar Pie Pumpkins (Cinderella pumpkin):
Pumpkins labelled Sugar Pie Pumpkins, such as Cinderella Pumpkins and New England Pumpkins, are well known for their sweet flavour and are perfect to roast or blend into a delicious pumpkin soup or pie; exemplary for a cosy meal in October.

Cinderella pumpkin blog

Baby Boo
A perfect choice for Halloween, these are ghostly white and miniature in size, great for carving small creations or small Halloween decorations. Although bright white, these can turn yellow in direct sunlight and unlike other pumpkins, are not edible.

Pumpkins-Baby-Boo

 

Kabocha
Another great choice for a Halloween decoration as the skin is a touch bluey green colour! The Kabocha pumpkin is actually a squash masquerading as a green pumpkin and goes by the names Japanese Pumpkin, Hokkiado Pumpkin and Ebisu and is a popular choice in Japan. The Kabocha holds its shape and the yellow flesh stays firm and sweet when cooked, great for creepy cuisine! This gorgeous Curried Kabocha Soup is a lovely winter warmer, click here for the recipe.

Kabocha Pumpkin squash

 

Our ProBlend Vegetable & Fruit Topsoil

This time of the year if perfect for planting Strawberry runners, garlic and winter salad crops such as Lettuce or Spring Cabbage. This is due to the soil not being too cold or too wet to plant, before the frost arrives.  For more information on our ProBlend Vegetable & Fruit Topsoil, visit the website or call our exert Sales Team.

Fruit-and-Veg

Our ProBlend Vegetable and Fruit Topsoil is an organic rich and fertile soil, including all the necessary nutrients to boost plant growth! ProBlend Vegetable and Fruit Topsoil is the perfect mix of topsoil and soil conditioner, guaranteed to produce the highest quality crop. You can use this topsoil to grow fruit or vegetables, create raised beds or use it on your allotment. You could even get a head start on producing next year’s prize winning Pumpkin!

If you dare:
We want to see your creepy creations so select the spookiest pumpkin and carve out the most frightening face or artistic Halloween design, simply take a photo of your ghostly pumpkin and send it to customerservices@gravelmaster.co.uk. If you wish to order any of our products, please call us on 0330 058 50 68 and we would be delighted to help.

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