If you painted your pumpkins this year (or decorated them in some other way that didn't break the rind), you can likely reuse them in a myriad of ways in the kitchen. But even a carved pumpkin that's rotting fast can be put to use in a way that will eventually return to your kitchen:Compost it! Use it as compost to enrich the soil in a garden or planter. This can be done in a couple of ways: For those with a compost bin or pile, smash up ol' Jack and add him in - it will easily break down and contribute to a nutrient-filled compost for enriching your soil. Even without a compost system in place, you can simply bury a used jack-o-lantern and it will break down in the soil. Adding it to the garden will give life to wonderful new fruits and veggies to be enjoyed next year!
Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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