Halloween is just around the corner!  Here is one green idea of what to do after all the festivities: Compost your Jack-O-Lantern!

Image Credit: Halloweenpumpkingcarvings.com
Image Credit: halloweenpumpkingcarvings.com

After you’ve finished celebrating Halloween, compost your jack-o-lanterns instead of tossing them in the garbage.  Unless, of course, you are going to be turning them into yummy pumpkin pie, muffins or even flan.

Pumpkins, which of course are 100% natural, will break down quickly as compost in your yard, providing you with valuable nutrients for your lawn or garden.  As you probably know by now, pumpkins aren’t exactly light, so they otherwise take a considerable amount of fuel to haul to the landfill — plus their bulky size means they take up space.

To get the best results in your compost bin, smash up the pumpkin a bit to provide more surface area. Layer with other types of materials, like shredded leaves, green weeds or grass clippings.

If all that sounds like too much work, don’t worry about it. In most areas, you can simply toss things in a pile, and just alternate materials as you get them. It may not make the most super-duper compost, and it may take a little longer to break down, but you’ll still get some nice nutrients, and you’ll be helping the planet one little bit at a time.

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