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How to Prepare Pumpkin Seeds

carved pumpkins in a rowAutumn season is filled with pumpkins and gourds in my home garden.  In today’s post explore how to prepare pumpkin seeds.  Enjoy a yummy roasted pumpkin seed recipe and how to save seeds for the garden.

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Handful of Pumpkin Seeds

This is one of my favorite recipes I remember using as a child and continuing the autumn tradition with my children.  I hope you will take advantage of the print option and add this recipe to your scrapbook for later use. If you prepare the pumpkin seeds correctly you can eat the entire seed.

Roasted Pumpkin Seed


  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400.
  2. Rinse and DRY seeds thoroughly.
  3. Toss pumpkin seeds with oil and salt. Spread the seeds out on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy.
  4. Cool and enjoy!!

I am not going to lie.. it can be a little gross getting the middle out and finding those seeds.  What a great activity to do with kids.  I do believe this was one of the first recipes I ever did with my family as a kid.

middle of the pumpkin

Volunteer Pumpkin in The Landscape

Does the pumpkins life begin with the seed or the pumpkin itself? I began to question this with all the volunteers I have been having over the last few years.  The image below is of a volunteer pumpkin that came from a seed left behind in my landscape.  This plant grows 3 HUGE pumpkins – for free in 2017.

A pumpkin … And you’ll ever guess where it is growing….#gardenchat #pumpkin #volunteer #green #organic #myhouse #garden #yesyoucan

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You can imagine my surprise early in August when I noticed a plant that looked a lot like a pumpkin growing in my landscape right off the front porch.  The volunteer pumpkin doing great despite the construction and hot weather.  As you will see in the video the plant stretched across my front walkway but I dare not move it because there were 3 pumpkins growing on the vine.   Check out the video I made one morning in my garden while enjoying coffee and the hum of bumblebees on the flowers of the pumpkin plant.

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The driveway work has begun after weeks of being put off.  I’m really hoping this pumpkin turns orange QUICK!!!!   Here is the latest photo of the largest pumpkin growing on this plant that now is sprawled over 12 feet of my front porch landscape.


Let’s Connect

Can you imagine how pretty this pumpkin will look made up with the pansies I’m growing this Autumn?  Do you do anything unique with pumpkins this time of year?  I would love to connect with you so please share by commenting at the bottom of this blog post.

Happy Pumpkin Carving,



4 thoughts on “How to Prepare Pumpkin Seeds”

    1. It did turn orange…. I got 4 pretty pumpkins from this plant that was planted by a bird! I used the pumpkins in my slogger Ad on my page in 2016. pumpkins I grew / my slogger ad

      1. Brandi Suzette Ruble

        Awesomeness! Sadly, Charlie Brown never finds that great pumpkin. You did 2016

        1. awww… thank you for commenting! There are so many pumpkin varieties available this year – I LOVE IT!!!

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