How to preserve pumpkins and gourds with just three ingredients.

Fall has arrived. It’s time to purchase gourds and pumpkins to decorate your home with.  Use this cleaning method to make sure your pumpkins and gourds last all season.


  • 1-gallon hot water
  • 2 tablespoons bleach
  • 1 squirt of dish soap

Directions:  Soak gourds/pumpkins for 30 minutes.  After the soak, rinse and let air dry. Make sure to soak pumpkins before carving.

That’s it!  Use this method for your gourds, decorative pumpkins and carving pumpkins.

A few other tips for you:

  • Keep your pumpkins and gourds away from sunlight if possible.
  • Avoid setting them directly on the pavement.  Try to set them on cardboard, hay or wood.  I have even seen them placed in hanging baskets!

Alright, let the decorating begin!

Here is where you can find all of the fall decor:

  • Market at the Farm:  Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm & Saturday, 8am –  5pm.  Address is 5888 120th Ave, Holland, MI 49424.
  • Muskegon Farmers Market:  Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 8am – 2pm.

Enjoy the season!

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