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Saving pumpkin seeds from halloween

Saving pumpkin seeds from halloween
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One of my favorite quotes is – “utilize available resources to achieve a desired goal.”

Resource – Pumpkin seeds from pumpkins bought for Halloween.
Desired Goal – stockpile seeds for a survival garden.

Wash the seeds to remove any pumpkin residue – to help prevent mold growth. Then let them dry for a week or 2, put them in a paper bag, and put the seeds in the freezer. Be sure to mark the date on the paper bag.

You may want to do a sprout test – take 10 seeds, get a cookie sheet, put a hand towel on the cookie sheet, put the 10 seeds down, cover with towel, and pour some water over the towel. Keep the towel wet for about 5 days, and see how many seeds sprout.

However – due to evaporation, the towels might stay cool. If the temperature of the water and towels is say below 70 degrees the seeds may not sprout. So keep them in a warm place. Doing a sprout test only works if you can keep the towels and water warm enough to fool the seeds into thinking its spring time.

I keep my seeds in a plastic tub, which is kept in the deep freezer.

Post your comments in this forum thread about saving pumpkin seeds.

Copyright Kevin Felts 2010

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
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