After the posts last week about pumpkins, I received a question about whether a fresh pumpkin seed (that came directly from the pumpkin) would grow if you planted it. Here is the answer:

pumpkin growing

I planted these seeds last week after I took them from a fresh pumpkin. Looks like they are more than capable of growing. They are planted in moist potting soil in a newspaper pot.

By the way, the question was a good one because some seeds, for example apple, pear and blueberry, need a cool period ( a winter dormancy) before they will germinate.

November is a good month for gardening in Arizona. We plant many what we call “cold season crops” at this time of year. Lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, carrots and chard can all withstand the slight frosts we get here in the winter, and so go into the ground now.

brussel sprouts

The basil in this photograph does better in the warm summer months, but will make it through if we don’t get a heavy frost or if someone remembers to cover it.

herb garden

Hope everyone has a good week. I think I’m going to go make a salad.