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Harvesting Pumpkins

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Tips for success.

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  • Harvest pumpkins after the first frost

  • If you live in a mile climate you may pick once the pumpkins have coloured up and sound hollow when you knock the shell with your knuckles.

  • If the skin of the pumpkin is hard and doesn’t leave a dent when ‘knocked’ it is ripe.

  • Once the leaves have died away is another way to know your pumpkins are ripe.

  • pumpkin2.pngPick pumpkins from the vine by leaving the stem on the Pumpkin. This is important because if you cut it off you leave a wound which may cause the pumpkin to rot rather than store well.

  • Place in a dry, dark place away from rain and weather. Garages, wood sheds and tool sheds are perfect – just keep them up off the ground. 

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