It’s October which means Halloween is right around the corner, and with Halloween comes pumpkins carved into jack-o-lanterns. The creative carvings displayed on porches in full fall fashion. Roasted pumpkin seeds become a daily household snack.
But what do you do with your pumpkins after the holiday is over? Don’t throw them away! Recycle them for wildlife or in your garden instead.
Keep in mind that these recycling ideas only apply to non-painted pumpkins. The toxins in the paint can be harmful to wildlife.
1. Make a pumpkin bird feeder
After Halloween is over, transform your jack-o-lanterns or uncarved pumpkins into bird and squirrel feeders. It’s super easy to make and your feathered and furry friends will love it. Find out how to make it on Martha Stewart’s blog.
2. Cut into small pieces for animals
Cut up your pumpkin into small pieces and put them in your yard. The backyard wildlife will love the sweet and filling treat. The best place to put the pieces of pumpkin is near trees and away from your house.
3. Plant the seeds for homegrown pumpkins next year
Instead of roasting the seeds, why not plant them instead? Depending on the type of pumpkin and your local climate, you’ll want to plant them in late Spring to early Summer to have them ready for next Halloween.
4. Use your pumpkins as compost
Once you’ve carved a pumpkin, it will start decomposing. Since pumpkins are 90% water, they break down fairly quickly which makes them great for composting. Don’t forget to make sure all of the seeds are removed to prevent any unwanted pumpkin plants.
5. Dry the seeds and use them as wildlife feed
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Lots of large birds and smaller mammals will eat pumpkin seeds if you place them in your yard. Instead of seasoning and roasting them, place them on a flat surface to let them dry. Mix them in with regular bird seed and place in your backyard or garden.
Source: NWF Blog