Should I pick orange pumpkins?
Silly question because I've already picked them, but I have quite a few more pumpkins ripening so the advice would be helpful.
What I want to know is when a person should pick pumpkins. The books I have say to wait until just before the first frost. But what if the pumpkins are entirely orange now? What if the plant dies or is struggling due to squash vine borers?
In the past, in Minnesota, I had some pumpkins stolen off my vines and it really ticked me off. So this year (even though I haven't had theft problems here in OK), as soon as it seemed the pumpkins were entirely orange and weren't growing anymore, I picked them. There's three. I brought them in, but I think I need to take them back out tomorrow to cure them.
If I have picked them impossibly too early and they're going to rot, please tell me so I can make soup out of them rather than trying to save them for Halloween.