Pumpkin Gets Second Life
It’s finally November, Halloween has passed, now what to do with all the leftover candy and jack-o-lanterns? You’re on your own with the candy, but may we suggest you give that pumpkin another purpose! Easily compost that souring squash and feed your lawn and garden come spring. Heavy pumpkins can use up a lot of fuel hauling them to the landfill and they take up quite a lot of space too so composting instead is good for the earth. To learn how, read on!
To compost your pumpkin, follow the steps below:
1. If you haven’t already done so to make a jack-o-lantern, scoop out the seeds and insides (if not done, the seeds will sprout). You can reuse the seeds and roast them, and use the insides for soup or other recipes.
2. Remove any decorations, candles, wax, etc.
3. Cut or smash the pumpkin into small pieces to increase the surface area; leaving it whole will cause it to mold.
4. Place the pumpkin pieces in a compost bin. If you have a yard, find a place that is out of the way and will not detract from landscaping, has good drainage and access to adequate sunshine.
5. Add yard leaves to the pile, but avoid large sticks or branches. Add other organic matter as usual i.e. fruit and vegetable peels, yard waste, egg shells, coffee grounds and paper products.
6. The compost is ready to use when it resembles dark, crumbly soil.
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