Good Monday morning!
Well Halloween is Thursday... and lots of pumpkins are popping up across the Coastal Empire and Low Country. Did you know that about 80 percent of the United States' pumpkin supply is available during October?
It's true... but pumpkin makes an appearance year-round in pies... breads and other foods.
Weather can have a big impact on the yearly pumpkin harvest. Here is how... according to Earth Gauge...
In Illinois... the number one pumpkin producing state... harvest is good this year... thanks in part to a wet spring followed by dry late-summer weather. Mild temperatures in California... another top pumpkin-producing state... have helped crop development.
On the other hand, pumpkin crops in places like Delaware and New Jersey are smaller this year due to wet conditions in June that delayed planting and heavy rains that led to fruit rot and disease in some fields. Cooler than normal summer temperatures also delayed crop maturation in these states.
If you are carving or cooking this year... put the whole pumpkin to use! If you don't eat the seeds yourself... spread them outside as a snack for birds and squirrels. And... instead of weighing down your trash bags and sending past-their-prime pumpkins to the landfill... put them to use in your garden. Pumpkins can be added to compost piles... where they will decompose and add nutrients to your compost.
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