1. I can’t store pumpkins. The very determined turkeys and/or possums or bush rats get them even on the verandah. I’ve tried suspending a bed base from the ceiling of the shed, and they store well, but the creatures find them. Instead we just work on eating them in every way possible – Roast Pumpkin and Macadamia Dip, Pumpkin Bread, Honey Soy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin, Feta and Caramelized Onion Pizza, Pumpkin, Feta and Pine Nut Muffins, Creamy Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin and Chick Pea Curry – for their season, then spend the rest of the year missing them and working on “absence makes the heart grow fonder”.

    • @Linda: Yum! Thanks for the delicious-sounding recipes! We’ve got some macadamia nuts still, so that dip sounds great. Megan is right this moment pulling a couple loaves of pumpkin bread from the oven, too. Curry is a good idea too – I have some chickpeas that I was wondering what to do with.

    • @GreenerMe: Yeah, I’ve never personally stored them for that long! We eat a fair bit of pumpkin, and I’ve never stored enough to last for even 6 months. Given how much stuff we can grow year-round here, though, I don’t feel the need to store massive quantities of things. We can just turn to sweet potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes when the pumpkins run out, for example.

  2. Thanks for the guidance on storing pumpkins and squash. Last year I had trouble with squash vine borer, so I wasn’t able to grow pumpkins or squash with any real success. I don’t know if you have squash borer in Australia, but it’s a real problem here in the States for organic kitchen gardeners. I’m going to plant late this year (hopefully after the moths are gone) and try to protect the vines with paper towel holder rolls. We’ll see if it works.

    I’ve added your blog to my RSS reader and will be visiting frequently.

    • @Bill: I think we have squash vine borer (can’t say I’ve ever seen it personally, though) but it doesn’t seem to be anywhere near the problem here that it is over there. Lots of US bloggers I follow are always battling it. Thanks, I added your blog to my RSS reader too (as you probably guessed from all the comments I left!).

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