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This year we had a volunteerThis year we had a volunteer pumpkin start in our compost pile. I kept it watered through the summer and it has thrived. There are 6 good sized pumpkins on it, all of which are at least 1/2 ripe. However, we are due to get a big, big storm this weekend and I suspect that if I don't want them damaged I need to pick them. It's not likely to ever get warm enough for me to set them out to "cure" in the sun before putting them in storage. We're not even due any sun for at least the next week. Can I pick them now and just put them into storage? Is there are way to increase their longevity without them having had a chance to toughen up? My kids really want these as their Halloween pumpkins but I'm wondering if that is feasible given the circumstances.

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