Congratulations, You’ve Got Pumpkins!. You are the first grower in your neighborhood to have a large, ripe pumpkin! And, its shape is so nice and round. Your only problem is, it is now mid-August and Halloween is over two months away. If you leave it on the vine, you fear it will surely rot, or the bugs will get to it. It’s time to learn the proper techniques for pumpkin harvesting and storage.
Don’t worry or fret. Properly stored, pumpkins are “long keepers”. Here are some guidelines and tips for picking and storing pumpkins, so they last until Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Tip: Putting a board under your ripening pumpkin is a common practice to deter bugs, moles and rotting from underneath.
For more information, see: Pumpkin Picking Tips
Note: The above process can be used for most fruits and vegetables. Although storage time will vary.