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How to Save Pumpkin Seeds

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Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

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Use the seeds from this year's Jack-o'lantern to grown next year's. Pumpkin seeds are a cinch to save.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 30 minutes or less

Here's How:

  1. Cut your pumpkin open, and scoop all of the seeds into a colander.
  2. Run the colander under cold water to separate the pulp from the seeds.
  3. Once all of the pumpkin seeds are clean, place them on a paper towel-lined cookie sheet in a single layer.
  4. Let them dry for a week, turning them so they dry on both sides.
  5. Place the seeds in an envelope; label; and store in a cool, dry place until planting time.

Tips:

  1. Unless you're planning on a huge garden, you'll probably end up with more seeds than you need. Roast your extras for a tasty treat
  2. For the best results, save seeds from heirloom pumpkins. This will ensure that you end up with pumpkins that look like the one you started with

What You Need

  • A pumpkin
  • A knife
  • A Spoon
  • A colander
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • A cookie sheet

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