Pickin’ Perfect Pumpkins

Butternut pumpkin

It’s pumpkin pickin’ time!

Pumpkins are ready to pick once the vines have mostly browned off and died down.

When harvesting pumpkins:

  • You need to keep at least 5-10 cm of green stalk attached to each pumpkin, so DO NOT pull them from the vine. Use a knife or pruners to snip them free.
  • Don’t be tempted to carry the pumpkins by their stalk “handle” it will probably break off!
  • Try not to cut or damage the skin

To cure pumpkins ready for storage:

  • Put them in a sunny, dry, airy position to dry for 1-2 weeks.  I normally put them on our outdoor table that is under the verandah.
  • They are ready to store once the stem is dry and brittle.

Storing pumpkins:

  • Store them in a cool, dry and well ventilated area.
  • Lay them out on a single layer, so they aren’t touching to allow good air circulation.
  • Properly cured pumpkins will keep for 2-3 months

Pumpkin Glut?

You can’t go past pumpkin soup!

Try adding a touch of curry powder to your normal recipe – that subtle spicey hint of warmth from the curry powder makes it EXTRA warming.




About the author

In 2003 I completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at The University of Melbourne. And I am experienced at gardening in all conditions, having lived – and gardened – on a small farm, in tiny apartments, in crowded share houses and on your average suburban house block. I now work full time in the horticulture industry and I’m a presenter on The Garden Gurus, channel 9. I would like to show, particularly the younger generations, that sustainable gardening, and growing at least some of the food you eat – is possible no matter where you live!

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