We finished harvesting our pumpkins mid-April. Technically after the frosts...which according to Peter Cundall is best avoided. The vines certainly died off after two nights of killer frosts and all the pumpkins were sitting there ...just sitting. No one seemed harmed. So we took the trailer down and scooped them up.
Where do you want these? And what are you going to do with them all?
They will be stored in the garage, which is nestled into our sloping block and is reasonably cool throughout summer. In the past, I've managed to have pumpkins get all the way through to the end of the next summer. I've never got through a whole year. Not that it matters, by the time summer is here, the spring crops are starting to feed everyone and we're all well and truly sick of pumpkin and other winter vegies.
He's tossing them. The big bloke is laughing and the photographer and all round nervous nelly is finger wagging and telling them to 'stop, it isn't funny, I planted those...'.
He did point out that he thought we had enough and if the teenager dropped one...well, damn hey. This one is waiting at the front door to be made into soup. Shssh. Don't tell him. He thinks he's being a still life with succulents.
Pumpkin bed - late Summer (April 2012)
Pumpkin bed - mid Summer (Jan 2012)
Before the 12 months is over (March 2009)
Pumpkin bed - update late Summer (Feb 2008)
Pumpkin bed - early summer (Dec 2007)
Pumpkin harvest (June 2007)
Check for frosts (April 2007)
Stumbling on melons (February 2007)