HAR­VEST RIPE PUMP­KINS

The Hastings Mail - - WHAT’S ON -

I didn’t in­tend to grow any pump­kins – it just hap­pened. One of those com­post-heap ac­ci­dents. Mine still have some grow­ing and orange spray-tan­ning to do be­fore they’ll be ready to har­vest, so, to pre­vent them from rot­ting in the wet, I’ve bun­dled a layer of mulch under them.

A pump­kin is ready to har­vest when you’re un­able to pierce the skin with your thumb­nail. The fo­liage will be dy­ing off around the pump­kin and the wick (stem) will be dry be­cause it’s no longer send­ing mois­ture into the plant.

If you want to sweeten up your pump­kin (or you’re hop­ing a fairy god­mother turns one into a new coach), leave them for at least three weeks af­ter pick­ing them. This al­lows time for the com­plex

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