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.
The fact is, pumpkin leaves are edible—but just the youngest ones. Once they mature, they’re rather like sandpaper. A pumpkin also offers other tasty bits, including the flesh, which can be pureed and made into pumpkin pie, cookies and other goodies. Pumpkin seeds, also known as peptitas, serve a yummy bite, too. Like pumpkins, many veggies offer flavorful nutrition in parts not traditionally eaten. Learn about the veggie parts you should be harvesting—but probably aren’t.
Create a beautiful piece of indoor or outdoor decor with a piece of plywood, a pile of sticks and some wood glue. Cut the plywood into a roughly pumpkin shape. Use wood glue to completely cover the plywood with rows of sticks. It's ok if the sticks hang over the edge of the wood a bit. Place weights on the sticks and let the glue dry for at least 24 hours. Trim the edges of the sticks and sand if necessary to create your refined pumpkin shape. Add a fabric leaf and display your pumpkin in your garden, beside your front door, or hang it on the living room wall.