I live in the Mid-Atlantic. This means that during the last week of October, daytime temps could be 60 degrees…or 90! And some of my friends to the North can see temps plummet. Both extremes are harmful to your little pumpkin friend. Heat is a carved pumpkin’s worst enemy! During the day, keep your pumpkin OUT of the sun. A cool basement is best, a place of honor in your refrigerator, or, at the very least, keep it in a shady spot in the yard. Warm temps will dehydrate your pumpkin, making the carving cave, and can accelerate mold growth. And please note: if daytime or nighttime temps drop to freezing or below, get those Jacks inside! Pumpkins will freeze, and once they thaw you have a mushy, soppy, rotten mess. Heat? Nope. Freezing? Fuggeddaboudit. Channel James Dean and keep your pumpkin cool!
Ready for a few more tips? Check out tomorrow’s Rule #4: A Cool Drink of Water.
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