Happy Halloween everyone! I have never really celebrated halloween and I know that us Brits have nothing on the Americans, but this halloween is a little bit special because it’s the first time I’ve ever grown my own pumpkins. I decided to grow two small varieties simply because my allotment doesn’t have the room to accomodate a giant one. The Munchkin pumpkins were from the Sarah Raven catalogue and they climbed up my hazel archway, they were my favourite crop this year and a must for next year. The more average sized pumpkins (although still rather small!) are called Mars from Unwins, I had two plants and harvested five pumpkins. I actually harvested all my pumpkins back in the middle of September, they were incredibly early but thankfully store very well. So off I cycled up the allotment with a trailer packed full with all my homegrown pumpkins for a little halloweeny photo shoot.
To get in the spirit I decided to carve one of the pumpkins, I actually used my lino cutting tools to carve the eyes and used the stalk as the long, almost witch like nose! This also gave me the opportunity to use the pulp and the seeds which were removed from the pumpkin whilst carving. I’ll be making a puree with the pulp so I can make some pumpkin cakes, and I’ll also be roasting the seeds, nothing goes to waste in this house. When halloween is over I’ll also be using the poor carved pumpkin to make soup with!
Last but not least I thought I would share with you all my favourite and possibly the smallest pumpkin I’ve ever seen, this munchkin was the last one clinging onto the plant a few weeks ago. The plant unfortunately died back giving this little one no chance of growing, so I picked him and he’s now sitting on my desk as decoration, I can’t quite bring myself round to eating him! You’ve heard of the biggest pumpkin competition but what about the smallest?
Have a great day everyone, whether you’re trick or treating with the kids, hosting a party or simply sitting in enjoying some scary films. Happy Halloween!