Melons/Squash and Frost

Discussion in 'Fruit and Vegetable Gardening' started by Saskgardener, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. Saskgardener

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    I have some watermelons (New Queen), some Spagetti Squash and Pumpkins growing in my garden. We are looking at a chance of frost for tonight and I'm wondering how frost tolerant this things are. I'm not sure if they are ripe yet and I would like to leave them out as long as possible.
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Well, it is recommended to cover already-picked pumpkins (the ones left to cure outside) if there is danger of frost, so I imagine you'll want to do the same for all of these veggies still on the vine.
     
  3. Debra Dunaway

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    If possible cover the entire patch with poly...just lay it on top....cover your fruit with a blanket. If you have mature pumpkins that you want to keep and cure for Halloween etc I would suggest cutting them off and washing with a dilute bleach solution..then put them in a dark, dry, well ventilated area such as a garage..Most curcubits will last well through Halloween this way or even into December. Good Luck!
     
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    Sorry, forgot to add the area for storage should also be quite cool. Don't put them inside your house. Hope this was helpful!
     

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