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Posted on 11 September 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

Serendipity and the Pumpkin Patch

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Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Raising children in an urban environment has many challenges especially since I was raised in the country.

Life in the country was full of everyday wonders and adventures.

I never ran out of things to do, places to explore, and wonders to discover.

Growing things was second nature to me and I was aware of where my food came from because most of the time I helped raise it.

Urban kids, on the other hand, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 07 September 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

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Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Growing up as a child, I loved Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin.

It instilled a wonder and amazement of the natural world along with a sprinkling of St. Nick.

I knew where and how pumpkins were grown but often wondered how a “Great Pumpkin” could be created.

The ones I saw growing in the U-Pick It patches seemed to be cast into the field as seeds and left to their own demise.

As I got older, I learned the truth about the “Great Pumpkin” and while he does not leave gifts nor do you leave him a note or cookies, he still does exist through a little hard work and dedication.

Great pumpkins like great works of art take time, effort, planning, and in some situations a little luck. The process of growing a “Great Pumpkin” begins through the soil’s preparation. This begins Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 24 November 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

Preserving the Harvest – Pumpkins

By Cindy Naas

I have grown pumpkins a number of times in my small city garden, and once we even grew them in containers.

My front yard had two giant pumpkins in the middle for a couple of months, which made for an interesting landscape feature.

This year, we didn’t grow our own, but I did manage to go out and buy a number of them to store.

Pumpkins are easily stored. I have a root cellar where it is dark and much cooler than the rest of the house. If you don’t have a place which can be used as a root cellar, consider using plastic storage bins with plenty of ventilation holes, and keep the bins in the coolest part of your house.

When you bring your pumpkins in, Read the rest of this entry »

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