How can I reuse or recycle pumpkins?

pumpkin200A bit of an obvious one considering the date.

So presumably people scooped out the seeds for eating/planting, and made soups or pies or other yummy things from the flesh before carving the skin into a Halloween lantern — but what can be done with the outer casing afterwards?

Obviously it’s a firm contender for the compost heap but I wondered if there was anything else it could be used for instead.

A container for growing plants in the greenhouse over winter that can then be planted out in the ground in the spring? Can it be dried into anything fun?

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5 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle pumpkins?”

  1. Bobbie says:

    Feed it to your chickens, nothing will be left but garden fertilizer.

  2. fuchsoid says:

    The pumpkins sold for cutting into lanterns often don’t make particularly good eating. If it hasn’t started to rot already, maybe you could dry it in a warm oven (after cooking something), and then use it as a plant container, but composting is probably the best option.

  3. Hi. If you have children, or perhaps are involved with a school or community group, you can save the seeds you’ve scooped out and plant them together as a learning exercise that’s great fun as kids love to see them grow. Also you could try using the seeds in a creative project like making a necklace or glueing them onto a box as decoration, etc. As for the skin of it I think compost is the best answer – or otherwise cut it into bits and see if wild birds will eat it, or pigs also like it if you know any!

  4. 1Hippo says:

    Maybe the local zoo?

    Portland, Oregon zoo is known for treating their Hippos with leftover pumpkins!

  5. greenmcqueen says:

    my mum cuts it up real fine and fries it with onion adn cumin seeds.

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