What to do this Halloween

As the crisp mornings and lush autumnal tones start to creep in, there’s no denying the distinct season change in the air… But who’s not a tad excited at the appearance of woolly winter wear, steamy bowls of soup and cosy nights in?!

Before we’re condemned for mentioning the “festive season” too soon, we take a look at what you can do to keep the family entertained this Halloween…

PYO

Find a local “Pick Your Own” event and take the family along to choose the perfect pumpkin… They’ve usually got other activities like spooky corn mazes and fun fairs to make a day of it…

Host a Halloween Party

Invite some close friends and family and host a gruesome get together with themed party food, spooky games like bobbing for apples, a costume catwalk, or even a pumpkin carving competition…

Send a picture of your pumpkin creations to socialmedia@gabrielash.com or upload it to our Facebook Page by midnight on 31st October 2018 and you could win an accessories bundle of a set of 3 seed trays, a potting tray, and a watering can…

Harvest your Seeds…

Depending on the size of your Pumpkin, you can harvest a pretty good stock of seeds for next year with minimal fuss…

Saving your Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Remove the innards and seeds of your pumpkin and place in a colander.
  2. Run water over the seeds and pulp and pick out the seeds. You will likely not need as many seeds as you’ll find in the pumpkin so just pick out a healthy stock to see you through the season – around three times more seeds then the amount of plants you plan on growing.
  3. Larger seeds will have a better chance of germinating, so try and cherry pick the biggest ones.
  4. Space your seeds out on a dry paper towel, and place them in a cool dry spot for around a week.
  5. Once the seeds are dry, store in an envelope ready for planting next season.

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Help out the Habitats

Wildlife like squirrels and birds love pumpkin! So instead of throwing out your left overs, why not leave it at the bottom of the garden or at a local park or wood and give the inhabitants a seasonal treat!

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