Make Your Decorative Gourds Last Longer in 5 Easy Steps

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Decorative gourds make a beautiful addition to any fall table. And with proper preservation methods, pumpkins and squash can last all season long. Extend the life of your fall décor this year in five easy steps.

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1. Harvest

When gourds are ready to harvest, the rind should look dull and dry. Cut pumpkins and gourds with 3- to 4-inch stems and squash with 1-inch stems.

See more: How to Pick the Best Pumpkins for Carving, Stacking and Decorating

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