How to Keep Your Pumpkins Fresh All Season Long!


Anyone else obsessed with fall? I am one of the people that feels a rush of excitement when places like Kroger and Hobby Lobby start loading their pumpkin decorations in late July. Football, cooler weather, pumpkin spice coffee, mums — oh my! I love it all! One of my favorite things to do once mid September hits? Decorate my gardens and home with fall decor. I buy an embarrassing amount of real pumpkins and strategically place them in by our flower gardens, along the front steps, on our fireplace mantles and patio tables. A few years ago I learned a trick that I use every year to help keep my pumpkins fresh and rot-free all season long.

One of my favorite places to buy pumpkins is the farmers market or Cheekwood. Have you visited Cheekwood and their pumpkin house? I swear, that will be my home in heaven. I don’t discriminate when it comes to pumpkins. All shapes, all colors, all textures. JUST COME TO MOMMA. Turn the pumpkins over and make sure there aren’t any cuts, bruises, or rotted spots. Load those puppies up and place them somewhere in the car that they won’t roll around and get all banged up. Car seats work well. When I drive home, I always send up a silent prayer to my guardian angel that my husband won’t be home to see just how many pumpkins I’ve purchased.

keep your pumpkins fresh longer

When you get your pumpkins home, clean them off with a damp rag. Line them all up on newspaper. Polyurethene spray paint each of your beauties. You can buy cans of this at any home supply store—or even on Amazon. This keeps them from going bad. I do this every year, and I’m able to keep my pumpkins out until Thanksgiving each year. You can even get fancy and spray paint them different colors like black, polka dot or whatever your heart desires. Just finish with the poly. That’s it! Now you won’t feel so guilty spending so much money on pumpkins only to have them rot away under the sun a week later.

keep pumpkins fresh all season

Happy Fall and happy decorating!

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Kate Cortelyou
Kate has been living in Nashville since 2008 when she moved to town for work. She met her husband, a Pittsburgh transplant, through eHarmony (they were even on the commercials!) in 2009, and they married in 2011. James was born in 2014 and Anna in 2016. They also have two rescue dogs. Kate is the youngest of 4 (3 older brothers) and always imagined she would have a large family. That idea shifted once she became a parent! Kate is still trying to navigate being outnumbered during the days while her husband is at work. Kids keep Kate’s Type A Personality and need for Ultra-Organization in check. She has a sign hanging in her house that reads, “Let whatever you do today be enough” as a constant reminder that grace—not perfection—is what is important. Before quitting work to be a full-time stay at home mom, Kate was the giraffe keeper at the Nashville Zoo for several years. She also worked for Ringling Bros taking care of the animals. She lived on a train and traveled to a new city every week by rail. Kate flies back to Minneapolis several times a year with kids in tow to visit her family. If you need advice on how to survive air travel with kids, she is your gal! Her first born had flown 20 times by his first birthday! Her ultimate wish is that her family will move back to Minnesota someday. When Kate has kid-free time, she enjoys gardening, flea markets, decorating, margaritas, college football games, and days at the lake. Follow along with her chaotic life on Instagram: mrscort


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