The cooler nights, dropping day-time temps, and all the recent talk of fall must mean that pumpkins are getting ready to harvest!!

“Pumpkin-Palooza” is an opportunity for you to find out how pumpkins grow, pumpkin morphology – how do the physical characteristics help and challenge its growth, participate in a possible pumpkin seed experiment and of course pick pumpkins to take home.

Dr. Greg Hoyt and Liz Driscoll both work for NC State in the Horticultural Science and the Soil Science Departments. They are heading up a project again this year where 4-H members and clubs can watch pumpkins grow in the fields of the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River through a blog and answer some of those questions that we all have about pumpkins.  They will be setting up several field days where youth will be able to visit the field, evaluate the pumpkins at maturity, and take a load home.

Buncombe County 4-H will be participating in “Pumpkin Palooza” on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River.  There is no cost to participate in the project.  Last year’s participants had a blast and went home with truckloads of pumpkins.

If you or your 4-H club are interested in participating in “Pumpkin-Palooza,” please contact Holly Jordan at Holly_Jordan@ncsu.edu to sign up.  You can visit the pumpkin project blog at http://the-pumpkin-project.blogspot.com to see how the pumpkins are already growing in the fields.  We hope you are able to join us!