You may have never heard of Joe Jutras of Rhode Island. He has the distinction, however, of growing the largest pumpkin ever, weighing in at 1,689 lbs. Pumpkins thrive in the United States, and have done so for 5,000 years. Growing your own pumpkins from seeds is an easy process. Plant your pumpkin seeds in late May until mid-June. Within three to four months of planting you can harvest your home-grown pumpkins and save their seeds to plant the following season.
Place the drying screen in a cool, dark area. Set the fan next to the screen and adjust the air flow until it is pointed directly over the screen.
Scrape the pumpkin seeds out of the pumpkin and place them in a pie pan or other shallow container. When you have finished removing the seeds, spread them evenly across the bottom of the pan.
Add a pea-sized drop of dishwashing detergent to the seeds and cover them with warm water.
Clean the pulp from the seeds, using your fingers to gently rub it off. Do not allow the seeds to soak in the soapy water.
Pour the seeds into the strainer and run water over them. With the water running, rinse each seed individually, examining it for any traces of pumpkin pulp. Rub off any pulp that still clings to the seeds. Place the seeds, after cleaning, on a paper towel until the process is complete.
Place the seeds, in a single layer, on the drying screen. Turn the fan to the medium speed setting and allow the seeds to dry for two hours. Stir the seeds every half hour. Turn off the fan and allow the seeds to sit for three weeks, stirring once a day.
Store your seeds in a glass jar or paper envelope until ready to plant.