As we embark on pumpkin season, here are a few tips to keep your carved pumpkins from making a mess on your porch.
- If you want your pumpkins in perfect shape for Halloween, wait until October 27th to carve them. Pumpkins look the best a couple days after they are carved.
- Bacteria and fungi are the ultimate demise of pumpkins. Wash your hands before you start the carving process and wipe your pumpkin down with a 10% solution of bleach before you make your first cut. You can continue to wipe down or spray your pumpkin on a daily basis.
- Use petroleum jelly or WD40 on the edges of your cuts to keep them moist. This process will keep the pumpkin from drying out.
- Keep them cool. Temperatures above 70 degrees will expedite the decaying process.
- Use battery operated lights as candles will leave residue, such as soot, and generate increased heat that will ultimately decrease the life of your masterpiece!
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