Mid fall’s cooler weather is a time when many areas can plant cool weather vegetables like carrots. lettuce, garlic, and bok choy. This can be done by either by direct sowing, or by first starting in Rapid Rooter plugs. It is also the time to harvest cauliflower and bring in the last of the squash, peppers, and perhaps most important to Halloween, pumpkins.
Pumpkins are a bit like squashes, and a bit like gourds. They have a firm outer shell that encases a mesh of seeds and tissue. It is a common tradition to take one of these large orange vegetables and carve holes in it to serve as a lantern. These are frequently lit with a small candle or more safely, a small battery powered LED. According to folklore a character named Jack used to carry such a lantern everywhere he went. As the legend goes, he became known as Jack of the lantern, which is why theses carved pumpkins are now commonly known as Jack o’ Lanterns.
Saving seeds from pumpkins is reasonably easy. Collect and rinse the seeds well, dry flat on paper towels, then place in a small paper bag. Allow to continue to dry for an additional week or two, shaking daily for the first week. Pumpkin seeds can also be salted and roasted in the oven for a healthy and tasty treat.