It was fun, but now Halloween is done. Now that the ghouls and goblins, princesses and pirates have put away their costumes and the candy has been eaten, we move onto the next holiday. But what to do with your old pumpkins? You probably don’t want them to sit out on the front stoop until Thanksgiving, but you don’t have to throw them out right away, either! Here’s some advice from BrightNest.com, on what you can do with your old pumpkin.
Carved pumpkins will rot sooner, so the quicker you can get them off your stoop, the better.
Pumpkins make a great fertilizer, because they’re full of nutrients! Make sure you remove the seeds before adding them to your compost pile though, unless you want a bunch of pumpkins to pop up in your garden next year.
If you don’t have a compost pile, you can bury your pumpkin in your winter garden. It’ll decay and enrich the soil!
Animals would love to get their hands on our old pumpkin! Place your pumpkin in a spot where you don’t mind a little wildlife and the deer, squirrels and birds will take care of it!
If you didn’t carve your pumpkin, there’s a lot you can do with it now! However, make sure to only cook and eat your leftover pumpkin if you used non-toxic paint and materials to decorate it.
Make Pumpkin Puree
You can use pumpkin puree to make pumpkin pie, cake, muffins or bread! Cut your pumpkin in half or in quarters, scoop out the seeds and guts, and place your pumpkin face down in a baking dish that’s filled with 1 cup of water. Bake for 90 minutes or until the pumpkin flesh is tender, then scoop it out and puree it in a food processor.
Eat The Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are a very healthy snack! Just wash, drain and toast the seeds, then add the seasoning of your choice. For specific instructions, try this recipe from FitSugar.
Turn It Into A Planter
If you’re looking for a unique planter for your winter garden, look no further than your pumpkin. First, cut a large hole at the top and hollow out the center. Then drill a small hole at the bottom of the pumpkin for drainage and fill the pumpkin half-full with potting soil. Add some seasonal plants like pansies or thyme, water thoroughly and enjoy your seasonal planter!
Prepare For Thanksgiving
You can upcycle your pumpkin by turning it into a Thanksgiving centerpiece! If your pumpkin wasn’t damaged while it was outside, it should last for a few months. For a good shine, rub some Vaseline into a rag and buff the surface!