Things to do with your leftover pumpkin

Decorate them

Whilst this doesn’t necessarily support waste as inevitably it will end up in the rubbish, it does mean your Pumpkin gets a second lease of life after Halloween. My daughter really enjoyed colouring in her pumpkin and putting stickers on it, you could try painting them too.

Make a pumpkin pie

There are lots of recipes over the internet, and whilst I must admit I have only made pumpkin pie once, here is a link to the one I made.

Pumpkin Pie

Feed them to wildlife

Lots of British wildlife will enjoy your pumpkin leftovers. Make sure they are hollowed out or cut into chunks and they can be enjoyed by squirrels, deer, and rabbits. Leaving the seeds out will make a tasty treat for birds too. You can dry the seeds out on a flat surface and add to your existing bird seed mix too.

Feed pumpkin to wildlife

Make pumpkin soup

With the weather turning chilly, a bowl of warming soup is often on the menu in our household. This year, I’m going to be trying out this one.

Pumpkin Soup

Plant the seeds

If you’ve got a big garden, why not have a go at growing your own pumpkins for next year?? Wash the seeds and rid them of any pumpkin pulp using a colander, and save a handful of the biggest seeds. Keep them in an envelope in a dry place and plant them between April and June, placing the seed on its side in a pot with compost. Keep it on a windowsill and water daily. Once seedlings are established you can transfer them to a patch outside.

grow your own pumpkins.jpg

Compost it

If you don’t want to make anything with your leftovers, make sure you compost them instead of throwing them in the rubbish. Pumpkins are 90% water and so make great compost. Although, it is advisable you remove the seeds to ensure any unwanted pumpkin plants don’t start sprouting!! You can compost it in your own heap at home, or many councils have food waste collection services. Visit here to find out more.

What do you do your leftover pumpkin?

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