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Kelda Miller
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Any way to make pumpkins turn orange and ripen up before it freezes too hard?
Green tomatoes I can deal with, but pumpkins?
 
Susan Monroe
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Take your pruners and cut off all the vine ends and remove all the little pumpkins that you know won't have time to ripen, and see if that helps.

I just did that to my tomatoes, but it may be too late for them to change much.

One thing you might want to try with a green pumpkin...

If you ever read the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, she told how an early blizzard was coming and her mother sent the girls out to collect all the vegetables, including the green pumpkins.  She sliced them thin and put them into a pie with apple pie seasoning, and their Pa asked where she got the apples for the pie.

If you try it, please let me know how it turns out.  I read those books almost half a century ago.

Sue
 
Leah Sattler
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Thats pretty cool! I don't remember that specifically but I loved those books when I was little. Lots of interesting stuff in there. I recentl'y read a book that was a compilation of letters from kansas pioneers (women). what an eye opener. Let us know if you try the apple pie thing kelda, I'm curious.
 
Gwen Lynn
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I have ripened green tomatoes indoors. All you need is bananas & a brown paper sack. The gas that bananas give off while ripening helps ripen the tomatoes. It takes a little while, but it works! I'm in Okla. & average 1st fall frost date is approaching. I will go pick all the green tomatoes & put them in bags with bananas & they'll ripen. We've had ripened home grown tomatoes at Christmas. You have to check on them to make sure no mildew is forming from the bananas. If you're into banana bread/muffins you can use the brown bananas for that. Other fruit gives off the same gas while ripening, apples come to mind & I've used them. It just seems to work better with bananas.  Try this, you won't be sorry!
 
Susan Monroe
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I had never heard of that with tomatoes.  I just picked some yesterday and have them on the counter, so I'll have to get a banana and try it.

Let me know if you try the green pumpkin pie.  I haven't had the room for pumpkins the last few years.

Sue
 
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