These nearly took over my entire garden. Though I planted too late for many of the blooms to pollinate with enough time to produce large fruit, I still ended up harvesting 75 pumpkins (8-16 lb avg) ...3 lb/sq ft. The fruit grew about 1 lb/week. Some of the leaves got white blotches, but this didn't seem to affect the fruit. The plants liked lots and lots of water... more than the nearby cucumber plants could take.Three months after harvest, most have kept well in the cellar on cardboard (I've lost perhaps 1 in 5).It is easy for the pumpkin flavor to get lost in spicy dishes like Pumpkin Curry and Pumpkin Chilly, so be sure to cook the slimy-stringy stuff too for extra Pumpkin flavor!When baking pumpkin seeds, try experimenting a little bit...variate the time & temps to impart different roasted flavors, (ie. biscuit, toast, toffee, chocolate, coffee, peat, etc...) just like when roasting coffee or barley!
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