Pumpkin harvest

How can I tell when pumpkins are ready to harvest ?
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For long-term storage or use, the skin of pumpkins should be hard enough that it is difficult to poke through it with your fingernail. If you plan to display the pumpkins for only a short time,  or use them up right away, you can harvest when they are fully colored.

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I have your answer on storage but need to know when cantoloupes are ready to be picked? Looks ready now, does the vine have to be completely dried?
Submitted by impgems
how do I know when cantoloupes are ready to be picked?
Submitted by impgems
how can i tell when my cantouloupes are ready to be picked
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