Post by Contributing Writer, Holly
There are countless ways to put to good use all parts (rind, pulp, fibrous strands, and seeds) of a pumpkin. Here are just a few ways. We’d love to hear how your family uses pumpkins. Be sure to share your ideas in the comments area.
Compost Worm Food
Red wiggler compost worms LOVE pumpkin rind, or so I’ve read. I started my worm “farm” back in March, so this is the first real opportunity I’ve had to feed them this fall/harvest/Thanksgiving treat. They’ll be feasting on some pumpkin rinds very soon.
Don’t have compost worms? No problem! You can use the pumpkin for all sorts of decorative uses.
Most of these ideas require at least some pulp to help keep the pumpkin shape.
Of all the creative uses I’ve seen for a pumpkin, I think this bird feeder is my favorite.
These pumpkin lanterns are a neat way to dress up a walkway.
A colorful mum arrangement would be perfect.
We’ll probably use our miniature “pumpkin” for target practice. Don’t worry, it won’t just lay in the woods and rot away. I’m sure the racoons, possoms, squirrels, coyotes, and/or deer will gobble it up before it has a chance to decay.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Doesn’t a pumpkin pie smoothie sound delicious! I’m determined to make one of these – really soon! After reading the recipe, it sounds simple enough. Simple is a major deciding factor when I’m choosing new recipes to try.
photo credit: Jill @ The Prairie Homestead
(photo used with permission)
There’s nothing new about pumpkin pie, but, for many, it’s still a favorite dessert, reminiscent of Thanksgiving shared with family and friends.
I LOVE waffles. Here’s a pumpkin waffle recipe by Michele. It sounds yummy, healthy, and just like autumn.
Pumpkin Fibrous Strands
Okay … I guess I’m not real sure what can be done with the strands. Maybe they can be composted. I’ll probably give some to my compost worms to see what they do with them. If you have some ideas, please share them.
Pumpkin Garden Seeds
Pumpkin seeds can be saved for next year’s garden. This is the first year I’ll be setting aside pumpkin seeds to use in next year’s garden. I’m pretty excited to see these seeds spring to life, come next spring.
Pumpkin Bird Seeds
At the very least, give ’em to the birds. Some birds enjoy eating pumpkin seeds. If you think about it, winter is a challenging time for birds to find food. Worms are beneath all the snow and frozen ground, bugs are pretty much the same story, grass seed and other plant seeds are nowhere to be found until spring. Help the little guys out. 😉
If feeding pumpkin seeds to the birds seems wasteful, after the seeds have dried, soak them in a little olive oil and salt, and bake them for a tasty treat, to be enjoyed by humans.
How do you make use of the entire pumpkin?
Holly is a wife to her loving husband, John, and a “mother” of 3 canine “children.” She loves sharing her faith, gardening, and fascination and appreciation of animals (birds, bats, butterflies, and the cute furry ones too) over at Your Gardening Friend.