Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

Halloween is fast approaching! 

Whether you are interested in painting, carving or decorating containers with a few pumpkins, here are some tips to pick out the perfect pumpkin: 

- Choose a pumpkin by the stem, but never carry it by the stem

-Select a pumpkin with a (relatively) flat bottom so that is stands upright after its been painted or carved

-Avoid pumpkins with holes, soft spots, or ones that are discolored. These issues may shorten your shelf life. 

-Pumpkins that are lighter orange are typically easier to carve in comparison to rich orange hued ones. 

-Pumpkins look great in containers as an interesting accent! 

The Fall foliage has been spectacular this week! We've been enjoying the golds and oranges, especially! 

Here is a link to the Iowa DNR Fall Foliage report: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/Forestry/Fall-Color 

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