HOUSTON – Halloween is over, but you might be wondering what you can do with this pumpkin lantern on your porch.
Fortunately, there are many ways to recycle this pumpkin, whether you carve it or use it as an interior decoration, from pet food to composting.
Here are six ways to reuse your pumpkin:
Do you have a composter? You can throw your pumpkin in there and let nature do its magic.
All of the City of Houston’s pilot composting sites accept pumpkins of any condition. You can find your nearest composting site here.
Ideal for fall recipes
If your pumpkin isn’t moldy or rotten, you can cut it into chunks and use it with several fall recipes.
here is a recipe of pumpkin pie completely from scratch. To cook, all you need is a pumpkin, canola oil, and an oven preheated to 375 degrees.
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Pumpkin puree for pets
Pumpkin puree is healthy for dogs and cats! In reality, according to veterinarians, it is excellent for their digestion and can help with diarrhea and constipation.
To make, all you need is a pumpkin cut into quarters, cook at 350 degrees and mix until smooth. Once cooled, you can serve as a garnish for food or serve as a snack!
Find the full recipe here.
Donate to wildlife
Some local wildlife groups and zoos will accept pumpkins as long as they are not moldy, according to Tempted. Make sure to call ahead.
You can also leave it alone in your garden – birds, squirrels and other wildlife will love it! If you own chickens, you can leave them chunks to eat, as pumpkins contain a ton of vitamins for their overall health.
Use as a planter
Using a pumpkin as a planter or vase makes a great backdrop for fall!
Simply cut around the stem, remove the seeds, then add soil. Your flowers will flourish thanks to the nutrients of the pumpkin! Learn more.
Save the seeds!
You can also grow your own pumpkins for the next year.
As you carve your pumpkin, be sure to remove the pulp and place the seeds in a colander. Rinse the seeds, dry them, then store them in an envelope. Learn more.
In what other ways have you reused your pumpkin lantern? Tell us in the comments below.
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