From the Desk of Ed Hume: Pumpkin Painting

October 30, 2009 at 12:00 AM Leave a comment

Happy Halloween week, everyone!  Our special holiday coverage concludes with a few tips from Ed Hume about painting pumpkins:

It’s pumpkin time!  Time to go pumpkin shopping, or pick your’s out in your own vegetable garden.  Then get out the carving knife and begin using your creative skills!

Oops!  Wait a minute!  Wouldn’t your pumpkin last a lot longer if you painted it instead of carving it?  And just think: if you paint it, you can be a lot more creative and of course use a whole bunch of different colors too!  For several years, my wife Myrna has painted ours so the pumpkins last a lot longer.  In fact, if you want to make pumpkin pies or pumpkin bread there’s no need to cut open the pumpkin until you’re ready to actually begin fixing and baking!  That way, you can enjoy that Halloween pumpkin probably up to Thanksgiving, maybe even Christmas or New Years if you keep it from freezing.  Myrna uses poster paint for painting her pumpkins.  She designs funny or scary faces, football emblems, fancy designs, and even a few naughty things.  By painting them, she feels she can be a bit more clever and much more creative.  That’s not to say one cannot be both if they carve their pumpkin, but you need to be both creative and quite agile with a knife.  When painting, you can wipe any mistakes away and try again, but with carving you’re stuck with every cut, intentional and accidental.

Painted pumpkins can be used both indoors and outside, but if you use them outdoors protect them from possible frost, freezing, or snow so they’ll last longer.

Maybe next year you’ll want to grow your own.  You might want to look around at some of the new types of pumpkins.  Some are white, others are squatty, some are tiny, while others are huge.  They’re really quite easy to grow if you have a little space in the garden.  One of my friends grows his down the rows between his corn.  He not only claims that it works great space-wise, but he’s found an additional benefit: the raccoons leave his corn alone because of the pumpkin vines.  It seems raccoons won’t go after corn if their ‘point raccoon’ cannot stand on his/her back feet and see what’s going on around them…and the vines are too tall for them to see over!  Hence, the raccoons leave the corn alone.  Try it!  See if it works for you, too!

By all means be certain to take some pictures of your painted or carved pumpkins so you can share your creative abilities with friends now and in the future.  And if you have a chance, send us some shots of your painted pumpkins!  We’d love to see how they turn out, and would even be willing to showcase our most creative pumpkins on our blog!

That’s all for this week.  Happy Halloween to all of our viewers!  Have a safe holiday weekend, and remember: Our relationship with the planet today is tomorrow’s future.

Ed Hume


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