Otherwise referred to as “southern gourd lanterns” in Mandarin Chinese(南瓜灯, nánguādēng) jack-o-lanterns have long been a favorite decoration amongst Halloween fanatics.
As much as we would love to keep them all year round, however, figuring out what to do with pumpkins and pumpkin pulp can be quite a challenge.
That’s why here at Victory Lawn Care Services, we generated a list of three ways that you can reuse your jack-o-lanterns after Halloween, so you don’t have to throw your beloved carving creation into the trash.
Way 1: Compost it
Not only is composting your jack-o-lantern a great way to save the environment, but it’s also a great way to help you save some money on your landscaping bill down the road while giving your jack-o-lantern a second life.
While there are many ways to make compost, one of the most common ways that people make compost is by putting organic Plant-origin matter into a pile, adding composting bacteria and/or worms, watering it, and then stirring it when the temperature inside the pile reaches between 130 and 150 degrees F(~54 to ~65 degrees C).
If you want to use the best of the best worms, you can either get worms from any bait store/section or use the ones Mother Nature already gave you for your garden. As for the bacteria, you can get composting bacteria either online or at your local garden store.
Side note: By the way, if you would like to know more about how you can compost your favorite fruits and vegetables, please check out our previous blog, Mulch vs. Compost: Which is Better For My Yard.
Way 2: Bury It In Your Garden
Native Americans often buried squash next to other vegetables to enhance their harvest. You can follow their lead by buying a pumpkin, which is a type of squash! This is perfect for those who don’t have the time or patience to compost their own pumpkin. Simply bury your jack-o-lantern in your garden and let the pumpkin work its magic. Soon enough, you see your plants come up healthier than before and be glad you put that “useless” jack-o-lantern to good use.
Way 3: Turn it into an ornament by drying it out
While it may have served its use as a jack-o-lantern, it is still suitable as a fun autumn ornament. All you need to do is spoon out the fleshy parts, and put it into a dehydrator. The result is a spooky, scary looking ornament that you can hang on a string and remember the fun of Halloween throughout the rest of the year.
If you need help figuring out how to compost your pumpkin or getting your yard ready in time for Winter in Gemantown and Collierville, TN, give us a call at (901) 870-3720 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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