- You can play with color. While the standard Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin is orange, there are many pumpkin seeds out there to bring color to your pumpkin patch. There is the Rouge D'Etant, for example, which is a small, reddish-orange pumpkin, and a Casper, which is an off-white. You can also add the Australian Blue (Jalhrude), which is a greenish blue (and maybe your pumpkin patch will start to look patriotic, too!)
- And you can play with texture and shape. Bob's most recent e-newsletter highlighted some "wacky" pumpkins, including Peanut Pumpkins, with skin that looks like it's covered in peanuts, and Red Warty Pumpkins, which give you color and texture! And, with any any of these pumpkin varieties, you can play with using different-shaped molds (e.g., woodenboxes, old crates) as the pumpkins grow to have them take on fun shapes.
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