Whether you gorw them or visit a local farm stand, fall is the time to pick your pumpkins. The saying “frost on the pumpkin” is just that—and definitely not a guide to pumpkin harvest or display. Pumpkins that experience frost don’t last as long. Another risk to early rot is a broken stem, so avoid carrying pumpkins by the stem.
Rustic baskets lined with wheat straw and filled with pumpkins are a chic seasonal focal point that you can leave in place through the fall. Throw the straw and pumpkins into the compost pile after Thanksgiving.
Faux pumpkins have come a long way in recent years! They are looking more realistic and are available in a variety of colors and shapes. Look for ones with a realistic-looking stem and a natural pumpkin shape. Remember that they can always be painted, so the color isn't as important. Good artificial pumpkins can last for years and end up being a nice cost saver.