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When to harvest pumpkins
Sun 7-Oct-12
10:49 am
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Julie J Bakewell
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I have actually managed to grow a pumpkin!  Usually they become food for slugs and mice before I get chance to harvest them, but last time I looked, I had a lovely medium-sized pumpkin, and a small one.  I haven't been able to get to the allotment for about a week due to family commitments, so fingers crossed they're still there!

 

Anyway,  I want to use them for Hallowe'en but aren't sure when I should cut them.  I'm sure I read somewhere a long time ago that you should cut them a couple of weeks before you want to carve them to allow their skins to set, but I can't find that information now.  What do you think, please?  Should I cut it this week, or leave it to mature a bit longer and cut it at the end of October?

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Sun 7-Oct-12
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Toffeeapple
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This is the closest I can find Julie.  Good luck.

I'll try that again!

Sun 7-Oct-12
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I cut my one solitary pumpkin a couple of days ago,as you say, it needs to toughen up its skin, especially if you we're going to store them

Sun 7-Oct-12
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I'm cutting mine as the stalk to the main plant starts going brown.   I'm also leaving about 3" of that stalk attached to pumpkin.   Results are a collection of various sized squashes, that my neighbours assure me will last until spring.

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Mon 8-Oct-12
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Julie J Bakewell
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Thanks everyone smile

I read the information in the link ToffeeApple posted and found that they were ripe, so I cut them and now have them "curing" in the shed.  So pleased I managed to grow some this year and my little girl is very excited about using them.

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Tue 9-Oct-12
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Toffeeapple
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Will you take photos of them when you have done the carving?  Anything like these?  big_laugh

I'll try that again!

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