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Pumpkin Planter

Pumpkin Planter

Instead of throwing away your Halloween pumpkin or jack-o-lantern, turn it into an awesome planter.

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What I'll Learn

Pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns can easily become planters that will help other plants live and thrive.

What to Do

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What to Do: Step-by-Step Instructions


To create your pumpkin planter, start by cutting the top off the pumpkin. If you have a jack-o-lantern, this step is probably done. If you have a whole pumpkin, ask an adult for help as you cut all the way around the stem.

Tips & Tricks:

It can be hard to cut through a pumpkin, so make sure you are using a thick knife.

It’s important to always cut away from you and anyone else around you.

Remove the lid.

Tips & Tricks:

Sometimes you have to wiggle the lid free from all the pulp.

Scoop out the pulp and seeds. If you want, separate the pulp from the seeds and make roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas.

Tips & Tricks:

1. Use a colander to help rinse the pulp and seeds in water. Discard pulp.
2. Boil pumpkin seeds in salted water for 10 minutes. Drain.
3. Drizzle seeds with olive oil and spread into thin layer on baking sheet.
4. Bake at 400°F until seeds begin to brown, about 5 to 20 minutes.
5. Enjoy this healthy snack!

Add potting soil into the pumpkin.

Remove a plant from its temporary pot and gently untangle the outermost roots.

Place the plant in the pumpkin planter and water.

Tips & Tricks:

You can leave your pumpkin planter out on display until it starts to decay.
Then plant it directly in your yard. The pumpkin will naturally decay, giving the plant extra nutrients to thrive!
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