As autumn and cold weather arrives, fruit begins to ripen but the vine will keep growing until frost or very cold conditions kill off growth. Harvest pumpkins as the vine begins to die back when the fruit feels heavy and sounds drummy if you rap your knuckles on the skin. Store pumpkins in a cool, dry spot. If any have damaged skin, use them up quickly as they won’t keep. Pumpkin soup is a family favourite that everybody loves.
For more tips and tricks on growing pumpkins, check out our growing pumpkin guide.
Liquid feed to keep vegies in top gear
As plants grow and produce flowers and fruit, they need to keep being well nourished. This is particularly the case with productive plants such as leafy greens which are constantly being harvested, or rapidly growing plants such as pumpkins, cucumbers, beans and tomatoes. To keep them looking good, growing strong and producing a continual supply of produce, plants need to be regularly feed with a fertiliser such as PowerFeed PRO SERIES Plant Food Tomatoes & Vegetables. Liquid feed every week (mix 50mL of concentrate per 9 litres of water – standard watering can).