Now that Halloween is done and dusted for another year, there are millions of slightly deserted-looking pumpkins littering homes across the country.
Once Halloween is over and everyone has had fun with them, figuring out what to do with your old pumpkins can be difficult.
They’re surprisingly versatile, however – here are a few simple suggestions.
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What to do with old pumpkins
Pumpkins are compostable, so you can always shred your pumpkin and put it on the compost heap. Just make sure to remove the seeds first, or they could take root in the pile.
Alternatively, you can turn your old pumpkin into a bird feeder. Just cut it in half horizontally and empty it before adding bird seed and leaving it in the garden.
Many animals can also eat pumpkin – including foxes, badgers, and squirrels. Chop it up and leave it out, then your furry friends will take care of the rest.
You might even be very happy to eat pumpkin. Use your pumpkin to make a delicious pumpkin soup, or eat the seeds either raw or roasted (they’re high in fiber and other nutrients like zinc, protein, and iron).
If you want to grow more pumpkins for next Halloween, take the seeds and save them until you’re ready to plant. They are best planted in late May or early June.
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