Regrowing Scallions

I love learning new money saving tips and tricks like this one: Regrowing Scallions written by Chase & Chance’s mom on her blog, ChasenChanceRanch.  This is something I had no idea you could do!  

Saving and reusing scallions kept alive in a little water.  She’s a genius.  You gotta check out her blog.  It’s full of cool stuff like this.


Saving Pumpkin Seeds

We usually roast and eat the pumpkin seeds that come out of our jack-o-lanterns,  But this year, we’re going to save some and plant them in our garden this Spring!  If you would like to try this fun experiment, I listed the steps below to help you.

Step 1:  Scoop the Gunk

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If you’re carving pumpkins for Halloween, you’re already familiar with this step.  Cut the top off your pumpkin, and start scooping out all the seeds and pumpkin slime.  I like to use a metal spoon, so I can scrape everything off the inside walls of the pumpkin.  Try to separate the seeds as you go, saving them in a bowl and discarding the rest of the goo.  Now you can carve your pumpkin!

Step 2:  Clean the Seeds

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Place your seeds in a colander, and rinse them under the faucet with cool, running water.  Use your fingers to clean off any excess pulp from the seeds.  Discard the rest of the pulp and the smallest seeds.  The larger seeds will be more likely to germinate and be stronger plants.

Step 3:  Dry Them Out

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After your seeds are thoroughly washed, spread them out on a sheet of wax paper.  Make sure your seeds aren’t touching, so they don’t stick to each other.  Let them dry overnight.  Once the seeds are dry, line a baking sheet with paper towels. Spread the pumpkin seeds in a single layer.  Place the tray in a cool, dark place for a couple of weeks. This allows the seeds to become completely dry.

Step 4:  Store Your Seeds

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Once your seeds are completely dry, go through them and throw out any moldy or discolored ones.  Save the rest in a paper envelope labeled “Pumpkin Seeds”.  Keep them in a cool, dry place like the fridge.  Now your seeds are ready to be planted in the spring!

Saving pumpkin seeds is a fun activity for the whole family.  I’ll be writing new posts in the spring and summer months, to show you how we planted them and the growing progress of our plants.  With any luck, we should have a bunch of pumpkins to carve, and repeat the process again next year.  Happy Halloween!