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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Living Green, One Tip at a Time - (a weekly feature)

Tip # 32
Re-use your Halloween pumpkin!
  • Many communities now have curbside compost pick-up, so drop your pumpkin into the compost bin.
  • If you have your own backyard compost,chop it up and put it in there.  (Minus the seeds, which can be cleaned, seasoned, baked and snacked on)
  • Or, you could do what I did....
Before - 

....and After

We always take an axe to our pumpkin and cut it into little pieces.  By tomorrow morning you won't find a trace of this pumpkin.  You will, however, find  many happy squirrels, birds, field mice, moles, raccoons and deer.

After Halloween, what do you do with your pumpkin ?

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At November 5, 2011 at 8:11 AM , Blogger Kathy said...

We do the same with our pumpkins. What the deer don't eat, the smaller forest animals do. But I have to admit I don't pick through all to get the seeds. If anyone know of an easier way to ...extract...the seeds, I'd love to hear of it. I've actually seen the deer eating the pumpkins, insides and all. It seems like a treat for them.

At November 5, 2011 at 9:14 AM , Blogger Monica said...

Kathy, I too leave the seeds in the pumpkin when we chop it up. The squirrels worked busily all day hiding the seeds, so they would have food this winter. The crows also love the seeds. You're right, the cut up pumpkin seems like a big treat to all the animals!!
I think the only time you would have to remove the seeds is for your own compost, otherwise you may have pumpkins growing everywhere! lol

At November 5, 2011 at 12:34 PM , Blogger Tonja said...

That's a great idea to leave it for the animals.

At November 5, 2011 at 2:04 PM , Blogger Maegan Morin said...

we use them as target practice so they end up the same way yours do lol :D

At November 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM , Blogger Steph said...

We still have ours sitting on the front porch since we never got around to carving them! (whoops!) so they will stay there and most likely after Thanksgiving, we will chop it up (sans yummy seeds which we will roast!) and throw in the backyard pit of no end... best spot for composting! :) In our area we have free classes on composting and they even sell great bins for it... but since we are renting right now we will wait until we have our own home before getting a bin.
Have a great weekend!

At November 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM , Blogger pinkim said...

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