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Published on November 4th, 2013 | by Backyards Made Better


Recycling Pumpkins After Halloween

Halloween is the holiday that actually kicks of the pumpkin season around most parts of the country.  Granted we don’t usually eat them as much during trick or treat time but there’s plenty of them used for decoration.  Come thanksgiving and Christmas, the veritable pumpkin pie will take center stage.

But until then, it’s not uncommon to see a lot of aging pumpkins lying around.  Once you’re done with them, you can continue to make good use of the orange orbs by recycling them in the compost bin.

In fact, they’re a perfect addition to a compost pile that’s already got some leaves in it.

Leaves are carbon rich, while pumpkins are high in nitrogen.  It’s a perfect combination to create rich compost.

If you do plan to recycle some pumpkins via composting, be sure to break them up to speed up the decomposition.

For more information on pumpkin recycling check out this installment from

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2 Responses to Recycling Pumpkins After Halloween

  1. Katie Harrison Lee Katie Harrison Lee says:

    If I sprayed bleach in my jack-o-lanterns to keep them from molding before Halloween, are they still ok for the compost?

    • Backyards Made Better Backyards Made Better says:

      Hmm, not sure on that one. Normally chlorine will evaporate out of something like water for instance. It might possibly do the same with a pumpkin.

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