Pumpkins ripen indoors after poor summer

Pumpkins turning orange in the warmth of the warehouses at Low Fulney. Photo supplied: Rod Kirkpatrick
Pumpkins turning orange in the warmth of the warehouses at Low Fulney. Photo supplied: Rod Kirkpatrick
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EUROPE’S largest pumpkin grower at Low Fulney has had to bring all his crop indoors to make sure they are ready for Halloween following this year’s poor summer.

David Bowman, managing director of David Bowman Pumpkins, said the summer put the harvest two weeks behind.

He explained: “The soil was so dry in April we needed to sow the seeds 50 per cent deeper than usual, closer to any moisture still in the ground. We haven’t had enough sunshine this summer to ripen them up properly.”

Each year David has to bring some inside to finish them off in the warmth of the warehouse, but this year David has picked all his crop when they are still green so they will be ready for October 31.

He added: “We’re certainly under pressure to get them all in and speed up the process as they won’t turn orange in the fields in time.

The family-run farm has grown pumpkins for nearly 60 years and supplies all the major UK supermarkets with three million of the orange squashes.