Autumn Tasks - how to cook pumpkin seeds and how to store apples
If you want to know if your pumpkin is rips check out this blog How to Harvest Pumpkins But if you are already there and have harvested we are really hoping that you didn’t just throw away all those wonderful pumpkins seeds.
We keep about 50 of them, placed in a saucer to dry out on the windowsill ready for sowing in April next year. With the rest you can bake them and eat them as a healthy snack:
How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Separate the pumpkin seeds from the flesh of the pumpkin but don’t wash.
Place them onto a baking tray
Pour a little olive oil over them and then sprinkle with salt
Mix them about.
Put them into the oven (375°F, gas mark 5, 190°C) for about 20 minutes until they are golden brown.
Store in an air tight container - you can keep them for months but they will tend to lose their flavour after 6 weeks.
Haxfact!: Pumpkin seeds are a super food full of iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium and are also a source of protein and omega 3.
How to Store Apples
If you want to store apples, you need to store them directly from the tree. The apples need to be handled very carefully. Each one wrapped in newspaper and then place in a dark cool place such as a shed, cellar or garage. They need to go somewhere where they will not be disturbed until you need them. Alternatively you can peel, core and slice them, then put them in the freezer ready for that wonderful French apple tart that you are dying to make.
Other things to do in the garden in late August:
If you would like onions for the summer you had better get your skates on and plant out the sets now. You can still sow winter lettuces under cloches, when these have come up plant them out in the greenhouse or under poly tunnels, my rocket is doing amazingly well.
To grow your own pumpkins in containers or on the allotment, check out our blog for easy pumpkin growing instructions. Grow at Home the best way to grow Pumpkins
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