What do I do with my PUMPKINS?

Pumpkin use after the pumpkin patch

I like to use a perfect pumpkin to make a Jack-O-Lantern! It is a tradition I have had with my children since they were 2 years and 3 years old. We go to the pumpkin patch to pick out our perfect pumpkins, sometimes a pumpkin that is too heavy to carry to the car. We carve the top open and remove the seeds for roasting of course. Then the creativity begins. The children draw interesting faces, then mom and dad try to carve on the lines. Not always easy.  We enjoy as the candle flickers inside on Halloween evening as the smell of roasting pumpkin lingers through the house.

In the morning when we wake, it saddens me to see some neighborhood pumpkins have been smashed in the street. Some child’s art work turned to mush.

Then there are the truly gifted who can take a Halloween pumpkin and turn it into a delicious pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, or pumpkin soup. One of each for me please!

Another pumpkin use is to become a part of your compost.

If you collect leaves and grass in the Autumn for your compost you know that you need to add other items to help break them down. Pumpkin use in a compost is great as a nitrogen item. There are helpful charts available if you are in an inexperienced compost-er.

Compost Carbon:Nitrogen Ratios

Whichever way you decide to use your pumpkins after the Autumn holidays, enjoy them, there will be another year of harvesting before they’re available again.

R and R Containers, as member of the Acworth, GA Community is interested in making the most of our natural resources.  Call R and R Containers for information about waste disposal in our community.