Well believe it or not, it’s actually a good one.
“Yeah, I mean, it seems like the growing season is longer for sure,” notes Lars Demander, Co-Owner of Clover Nook Farm in Bethany.
Pumpkin patches and farm stands are chock full of pumpkins ready to get picked, decorated, or just put on display. And while this extreme warmth may deter you from picking your pumpkin already, it shouldn’t!
Lars mentioned, “And the one thing about this fall that’s been nice in some regards with no rain. The warm weather and no rain means they hold really well in the field.”
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So, it’s a good season, but how do you get the best pumpkin? Look for a nice orange deep color and a strong firm stem that’s a little green. The firmer the better. Experts also say never lift the pumpkin from the stem. Avoid pumpkins that are wrinkled, dented, or a little mushy, as those will rot much faster.
Now, once that pumpkin is home to be carved, here are a few things you can do to make it last longer.
If you’re planning on carving the pumpkin, fill a bucket with three gallons of water and add 3 teaspoons of bleach. Submurge the carved pumpkin for a few minutes and dry it off.
Petroleum jelly and WD-40 is also a great ways to prolong the life of your pumpkin and deter squirrels, just don’t use an open flame near it and keep in mind that it can be toxic if an animal tries to eat it. You can also buy pumpkin spray online that will help keep the pumpkin longer.
Now get out there and find that perfect pumpkin!