Saving Pumpkin and Squash Seeds

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, October 31, 1911: Can hardly believe it is really Halloween. It is so very quiet here. No racket whatever. Just a year ago tonight I was having a grand time at a masquerade, but I have not such fun as that tonight. There is a masquerade up at McEwensville tonight. I wasn’t invited and would hardly have gone as it is awful muddy. Feel rather doleful over the mark I made in Algebra: 68. 68, you I hate.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Grandma should have studied more for her Algebra test. I guess that she must have never quite figured out L.C.M.  (lowest common multiples) and H.C.F. (highest common factors).

I wonder if Grandma and her little brother Jimmie carved a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. If they did, I bet they saved some of the seeds for planting the next year. 

Both pumpkin and winter squash seeds are easy to save, and have always germinated well when I’ve planted them.

To have the best results, save seeds from the specimens with the most desirable characteristics (size, color, vigor, taste, resistance to plant diseases, etc.)

After pulling off any excess pulp, place the seeds on a piece of waxed paper.  (Do not wash the seeds).  Let dry for about 2 weeks. Then place in a labeled envelope and store in a cool dry place until spring. I store my seed envelopes in our attached garage.

5 Responses

  1. Masquerade… that’s a word I haven’t heard used in a very long time. Algebra was never easy for me, either.

  2. [...] In October Grandma struggled mightily with algebra—the topic was least common multiples (L.C.M.) and highest common factors (H.C.F.)—and she ended up getting a 68% on the exam. [...]

  3. [...] Grandma got 90% in algebra!! In October she’d only gotten 68%.  Her studying over the previous couple days apparently paid [...]

  4. [...] frustrated with herself, it’s better than some of her previous grades in math. For example, on October 31,1911 she wrote: Feel rather doleful over the mark I made in Algebra: 68. 68, you I hate. Advertisement [...]

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