History & uses of pumpkin, plus more gardening tips

pumpkin turning orange in Amherst NY
This pumpkin is turning from green to yellow to orange. I don’t know what variety of pumpkin it is because it is a volunteer. The plant just showed up in my garden, probably through a pumpkin seed that overwintered in my compost pile. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Pumpkins have become part of our autumn decorations, but don’t forget that you can use them as food, too.

In this month’s issue of WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the Master Gardeners of Erie County Cornell Cooperative Extension, the article “Let’s Celebrate Pumpkins” gives you ideas on how to use pumpkins. It also shares a history of pumpkins.

In the article “This Month in the Garden,” get great suggestions and reminders for October gardening tasks.

In “Fall Webworm,” find out about this native caterpillar. It forms large webs in trees that may look menacing, but they generally don’t damage the trees.

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