How to Compost Your Pumpkins

Halloween night is scary, but even more frightening is the fact that millions of pumpkins end up in the trash every November. 

Published November 04, 2017

Food waste is the largest component of household trash at landfills. This year, create your own organic “graveyard” by following these simple steps to compost your pumpkins after Halloween.

whole-pumpkin-pile

Step one: Remove all candles, wax and decorations from your pumpkins. Anything man-made cannot be composted. Be sure to remove any seeds from your pumpkins as well, or they may grow into new pumpkins! 

Step two: Break the pumpkins into pieces. The smaller pieces will help the pumpkins turn to compost faster. 

chopped-pumpkins

Step three: If you don’t already have a compost bin, you can make your own compost pile by finding a spot in your garden to dig a hole to place your pumpkins. The hole should be about 1 foot wide and 1 foot deep.

Step four:
Loosely cover your pumpkin pile with compostable materials such as soil or leaves. This will protect your pumpkin from insects and pests to make sure it is undisturbed while breaking down.

soil

Step five: Wait it out! The compost will take place naturally and in a few weeks, your pumpkin will transform into nutrient-rich compost. 

If you don’t have a compost bin or room for a pile, check your local government, farms or community gardens to see if they will collect old pumpkins!  

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