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Tips for Harvesting and Caring for Beautiful Pumpkins


Annie Klodd with Rod Elmstrand holding pumpkins
Annie Klodd, Extension horticulture educator, with Rod Elmstrand. Klodd is conducting pumpkin variety trials on Rod's Berry Farm in North Branch, focusing on the needs of Minnesota growers.

By Annie Klodd, U of M Extension horticulture educator

It's the most wonderful time of the year - pumpkin time! You can buy your 2019 pumpkins or winter squash directly from a local farmer via a roadside pumpkin stand, or find a local pumpkin patch and enjoy hot cider and other fall attractions while you pick out your perfect jack-o-lantern canvas.

If you grew pumpkins or winter squash yourself, the time is coming to harvest those too! Read on for tips on choosing, harvesting, and storing pumpkins until Thanksgiving or longer. 

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