Easy pumpkin decorating idea

Here’s an idea that doesn’t require a lot of time to decorate a few small pumpkins. starting-pumpkin

Start with a small pumpkin. Look for one that is blemish free and firm. We like to look for unique or unusual stems. Wash well and rinse in a solution of 1 part Chlorox to 10 parts water.  This solution helps kill any bacteria on the surface of the pumpkin that could cause it to decay
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We like to start with the eyes and any type of craft paint will do.  White usually takes two coats to cover. If you’ve got a steady hand, highlight the eyes with black paint or use a magic marker.

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Black paint can be used for all the features, but we find little ones like to use magic markers. You can use any of the colors. Small white Boo pumpkins can be decorated just using a black magic marker – do several! they make great table decorations!
sealing

It’s important to seal your artwork.  You can use any type of clear acrylic spray.  If you don’t seal the pumpkin, the paint will eventually peel off. It’s only necessary to cover the painted area, not the whole pumpkin.  Here’s the secret. If you have used a marker, spray the pumpkin very lightly to cover your artwork. When that coat has dried (only takes a few seconds), repeat the process to complete the sealing process.  Spraying the marker art with too much acrylic will cause it to run and you’ll have a mighty sad pumpkin!

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Looking for a little different finish to your pumpkin? Glue any type of succulents to the top to make hair. We used some droopy sedums on this one – but wouldn’t the more upright plants that might be in your yard make an awesome troll?

Looking for that special pumpkin

It’s that time of year. Charlie Brown and friends are out looking for the great pumpkin, and hundreds of others are searching for the that perfect pumpkin to carve or set on the front porch to welcome fall.  Here’s a few you might find that are just a little different

peanut-pumpkin

This one is called a “Peanut Pumpkin” or Galeux d’Eysine to be exact. The 220 yr old heirloom I think originates in France. The peanut type growths on the skin are actually a build up of excess sugar in the fleshy part of the skin. Excess sugar? Yep, peanut pumpkins are certainly edible; the flesh is sweet and delicious. Makes awesome pies!

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This one looks like a blood shot eyeball. It’s name?  One Too Many.  (Seriously folks, you can’t make this stuff up – check a seed catalog!) The skin becomes creamy white and the veins more red as the season goes along.turks-turban

Turks Turban. Actually a winter squash, this one keeps well and has great flavor.

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Me?  I’m just looking for a pumpkin that “speaks” to me.  Here’s mine.  Can’t wait to get painting on this one!

Next week….. Hints on painting pumpkins

Duck Whisperer

I’ve added Duck Whisperer to my list of job titles here on the farm after last night’s escape of one of the ducklings as they ran to their swimming pool. These new additions to the farm this summer have been quite the experience.  Thanks to Jane Blackburn for snapping some pictures last week whens she visited with her girls.  Jane noticed that one of the eggs was moving in the nest and as I picked it up for a closer look, the top popped off

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All we could see was a beak buried in some stringy wet feathers.  It wasn’t long, however, a little wiggle, and then that egg shell just exploded
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Talk about a tight fit!

We’ve enjoyed the whole adventure (or misadventure)  of having Indian Runner ducks on the farm this summer – We kept 4 of the largest ducklings for our guests to visit this fall, and sadly, sent Momma with 5 remaining eggs and all the rest of the babies home with Bobby Morris, who loaned us the animals for this whole experience. Last night as I turned them outside to find their swimming pool, one went AWOL and Gary and I spent the next half hour coercing the wayward one back to the rest of the brood. (Glad there’s no video of that!)

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Babies are just SO cute!

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It’s official. Back Home on the Farm is helping Peanuts Worldwide celebrate the 50th anniversary of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. We’re so excited to be able to have some fun new activities built around this special time of year.  So mark your calendar!

 

Friday, September 23rd.  It’s Seniors night out!  We welcome all our senior citizens to come out to the farm from 7-9 or so to enjoy the story of the Great Pumpkin, a hayride to the pumpkin patch, and s’mores around the campfire. Seniors only! Cost is $7 per person. S’mores included!

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Starting Saturday, September 24th, and every Saturday evening through October 29th. It’s family night! Yes, we’ll still have our flashlight mazes for all who wish to attend, but we’ve added a special treat for the little ones.  Bring the family for a special story telling event at 7 p.m. and then we’ll take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch to search for the Great Pumpkin! No telling what we might find out there!  You’re welcome to come early, enjoy all the family activities, grab a bite to eat from our food trailer and then join us for all the special activities.

So Mark your calendar! Fall is just around the corner! We open August 27th!  Can you guess who’s in the corn maze yet?

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