Get Your Questions Answered with Ask PHS: A Helpful Resource for All Your Inquiries

Get Your Questions Answered with Ask PHS: A Helpful Resource for All Your Inquiries

Welcome to “Ask PHS,” your go-to source for all your pumpkin-related questions. Whether you’re a novice gardener or an experienced pumpkin enthusiast, we’re here to provide you with valuable insights and expert advice on growing and enjoying delicious pumpkins in your own home garden.

At “Ask PHS,” we understand the importance of using organic methods and ensuring the highest quality of produce. We believe that pumpkin-growing can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for anyone, regardless of their gardening skills. Our aim is to address common misconceptions and provide you with accurate information on a variety of topics, including pumpkin varieties, growing techniques, pollination, ripening, and more.

If you’re wondering when to plant your pumpkin seeds, how to prevent pests and diseases, or which type of pumpkin is best for roasting or making pies, you’ve come to the right place. Our team of experts will answer all of your queries and provide you with tips and tricks to help you have a successful pumpkin harvest.

So, whether you’re a first-time pumpkin grower or a seasoned pro, sit back, relax, and let “Ask PHS” be your ultimate guide on all things related to pumpkins. Get ready to enjoy the delightful taste of home-grown pumpkins straight from your garden – because nothing compares to the satisfaction of eating a pumpkin that you’ve nurtured from a tiny green fruit to a vibrant orange delicacy!

Remember, when it comes to pumpkins, there’s no such thing as a silly question. So, don’t hesitate to reach out to “Ask PHS” for all your pumpkin-related inquiries. We’re here to help you every step of the way, from seed selection to harvest time. Let’s debunk myths, share tips, and make your pumpkin-growing experience a truly remarkable one!

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse was a French artist known for his vibrant use of color and bold, abstract compositions. Born in 1869, Matisse began his career as a lawyer but soon discovered his passion for painting. He was influenced by the works of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne, and became a leading figure in the Fauvism movement.

Matisse’s artwork often portrayed scenes filled with sunshine and plant life. His use of vibrant colors and loose brushstrokes created a sense of energy and movement within his paintings. Matisse believed that art should be an escape from the realities of life and should promote joy and harmony.

One of Matisse’s very well-known paintings is “The Joy of Life,” which depicts a group of nude figures frolicking in a lush, colorful landscape. This painting captures Matisse’s belief in the power of art to bring happiness and inner peace.

In addition to his paintings, Matisse also explored other mediums such as sculpture, printmaking, and collage. He even created a series of cut-out artworks later in his career, which he called “drawing with scissors.”

Matisse’s artwork continues to inspire and influence artists today. His use of color and form, as well as his emphasis on emotional expression, have left a lasting impact on the art world.

If you’re interested in learning more about Henri Matisse and his work, there are numerous books, articles, and online resources available that can provide a more in-depth look at his life and artistic process.


The use of edible fruits in the garden can be a great way to enjoy the warm weather and take advantage of the delicious flavors and nutrients they provide. Here are some tips related to the use of fruits and their pollination:

1. When it comes to eating fruits, there is a difference between unripe and ripened ones. Unripe fruits are often green and have a lower sugar content, while ripened fruits are orange or red and have a higher sugar content. The type of fruit you can eat will depend on the variety and the stage of ripening.

2. If you have a garden at home, you can use it to grow your own fruits and vegetables. This way, you can be sure of the quality and organic nature of your produce. Just make sure to follow the proper growing and ripening tips for each plant.

3. Certain fruits, like pumpkins, will turn orange when they are ripened. If you have a pumpkin plant in your garden, you can use the pumpkin blossoms to make a nice dish. You can also use the pumpkin itself for roasting or making other delicious recipes.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask PHS for help or guidance related to growing and using edible fruits. PHS posts a number of articles on different topics related to gardening and edible plants, so you can find the answers to many of your questions there.

5. It is important to keep in mind that some fruits may require cross-pollination to produce fruit. This means that you need to have both male and female plants or varieties within the same species that can help with the pollination process.

6. If you are experiencing frost or cold temperatures in your area, you can use a window or some other cover to protect your plants from the cold. This can help prevent damage to the fruits or plant itself.

7. Finally, make sure to provide feedback to PHS or leave comments on their posts. This can help them understand what topics are most useful for their readers and guide them in providing more helpful information in the future.


At PHS, we value your feedback! If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know. We always strive to improve our services and provide the best information possible.

Are you interested in growing pumpkins? If so, we have some tips for you! Pumpkins are a popular vegetable to grow at home, especially during the warm spring and summer months. They thrive in sunny, warm weather and require proper pollination to produce fruit.

If you’re new to pumpkin growing, we recommend using a planting guide to help you get started. This will give you all the information you need, from the type of pumpkin to plant to the number of fruits you can expect. Keep in mind that pumpkin plants need plenty of space to grow, so make sure to plant them in an area with enough room.

When it comes to ripening, pumpkins will turn from green to orange as they mature. It’s best to harvest them when they are fully ripe for the best quality and flavor. If you notice any unripe pumpkins, you can leave them on the vine a little longer to ripen. Just make sure to keep an eye on the weather and protect them from frost if necessary.

Did you know that squash and pumpkins are related? They belong to the same family of fruits, known as cucurbits. Both are rich in nutrients and can be used in a variety of dishes, from soups to pies. So don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen!

Some people believe that all pumpkins are orange, but that’s actually a myth. Pumpkins can come in various colors, including white, green, and even blue! You can also find different shapes and sizes, from small sugar pumpkins to large jack-o’-lantern varieties.

If you’re a fan of art, you might be familiar with the name Henri Matisse. He was a famous French painter who often depicted pumpkins in his artwork. His vibrant use of color and bold brushstrokes captured the essence of these beautiful fruits.

Lastly, let’s talk about interactions between pumpkins and other plants in your garden. Pumpkins have both male and female flowers, and they rely on bees for pollination. If you notice a lack of bees in your garden, you can try hand-pollinating the flowers yourself using a small brush or cotton swab.

We hope you find these tips helpful in your pumpkin-growing journey. Feel free to leave your comments or questions below. We love hearing from our readers!


Are you curious about growing your own pumpkins? Here at PHS, we have a variety of tips and information to help you start a successful pumpkin garden. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener, we’ve got you covered.

One common question we get is whether pumpkins are a fruit or a vegetable. The answer is that they are actually a fruit! But they are often referred to as a vegetable due to their culinary uses in savory dishes.

If you’re looking to grow pumpkins in your garden, you’ll need a warm and sunny spot with good soil quality. Pumpkins love the sunshine and need plenty of space to spread out their vines. As they grow, they will produce both male and female flowers, which are necessary for pollination and the development of pumpkins.

It’s important to note that not all pumpkins are green. While unripe pumpkins can be green, they will typically turn orange as they ripen. If you’re growing pumpkins, it’s best to wait until they have fully ripened before picking them for eating or carving.

Speaking of eating pumpkins, there are a variety of ways to enjoy this delicious vegetable. From roasting the seeds to making pumpkin soup or pie, the possibilities are endless. And don’t worry, eating unripe pumpkins won’t make you sick – it’s just a matter of personal preference.

There are also some myths and misconceptions related to growing pumpkins. One common myth is that pumpkins need a cold climate to grow. In fact, pumpkins thrive in warm temperatures and can be grown in many regions.

If you’re interested in learning more about growing pumpkins, our website has a number of helpful guides and posts on related topics. You can also ask our experts any specific questions you may have – just send us a message through our contact form!

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, we hope this guide has provided you with some useful information on growing and enjoying pumpkins. Happy gardening!


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Will dark green pumpkins turn orange When to pick

When it comes to pumpkins, many people wonder if dark green pumpkins will eventually turn orange and when is the right time to pick them. This guide will provide you with the answer.

Dark green pumpkins will indeed turn orange when they are fully ripened, just like their orange counterparts. The green color of the pumpkins is an indication that they are still in the process of maturing. As they ripen, the green skin will gradually change to a vibrant orange color.

It is important to note that not all green pumpkins will turn orange. Some pumpkin varieties can remain green even when fully ripe, so it is best to know the specific type of pumpkin you have. If you are unsure, you can always refer to online resources or ask your local garden center for assistance.

So, when is the right time to pick your pumpkins? The timing largely depends on the type of pumpkin. Generally, you should wait until the pumpkins have fully ripened and the stem has dried and turned brown. This indicates that the pumpkin is ready to be harvested.

Another factor to consider is the weather. Pumpkins need warm temperatures and sunshine to properly ripen. If the weather in your area is still cool or if there is a risk of frost, it is advisable to wait until the temperatures warm up. Be sure to also protect your pumpkins from heavy rain or excessive moisture.

If you want to use the pumpkin for eating, it is recommended to pick them before the first frost. Once pumpkin vines have been damaged by frost, the sugars in the pumpkins may convert to starch, resulting in a less sweet flavor. If you plan on roasting or making pumpkin puree, it is best to pick the pumpkins before the first frost.

In organic and home gardens, proper pollination plays a crucial role in pumpkin ripening as well. In order to ensure successful pollination, make sure to have a good number of male and female blossoms. You can also manually transfer pollen between flowers using a small paintbrush or cotton swab.

Remember, pumpkins will eventually ripen and turn orange, whether they start off as dark green or not. If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask PHS for help. Additionally, you can browse other related posts and comments on the PHS website for helpful tips and feedback from other gardeners.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.