Q How do I har­vest and store my pump­kins and squash?

Garden News (UK) - - What To Do -

Mr E Har­ris, Swansea, S Wales

AA plant is un­likely to sus­tain more than three or four fruits, so re­move ex­cess ear­lier when the se­lected fruit are about golf ball-size. Place a piece of wood or tile be­neath the fruit to keep them clean. Al­low them to ma­ture on the plant for as long as pos­si­ble, but har­vest be­fore the frosts.

When they de­velop a tough skin, ring hol­low when tapped, and have a deep, rich colour they’re ripe. Use se­ca­teurs to cut the stalk but leave it as long as pos­si­ble and don’t use it as a han­dle for car­ry­ing as this dam­ages the fruit. Cure them out­doors in the sun for about 10 days, but cover at night to pro­tect from frost. Al­ter­na­tively, cure in a green­house, poly­tun­nel or cold frame. Over win­ter, store at 10-15C (50-60F), but check pe­ri­od­i­cally for signs of rot. Squash will store through the win­ter, but pump­kins are un­likely to keep as long.

Let squash ripen on the plant for as long as pos­si­ble

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