One of these days, I have to plant pumpkin seeds in my compost bin in June and see what grows out of it. I’ve been told if you throw an old pumpkin in your compost bin, the seeds will germinate and thrive in the rich, organic matter. But like I said, one of these days (er, years) I have to find 30 seconds to give this thought a try.
The other day, I drove my hybrid SUV to the local garden center and rummaged through their piles of locally grown pumpkins and squash for the houses. I’m not a big believer in intricately carved pumpkins or over the top arrangements; they kinda speak for themselves and can just be stacked or put on a table to turn a room into a Fall-like room.
This year, I’m displaying them on pedestals at both houses. At the main house, I rolled some logs up to the front of the house and simply placed them on top. I like the fact you can see the pumpkin from all sides, so when you drive up you see them and when you walk around them you see a different perspective.
At the river cottage house, I took some plant stands that you stake in the ground, filled them up with moss and just placed each gourd/ pumpkin on top. I kinda like this elevated look a lot, plus it helps keep the pumpkin fresher, longer, since it’s not rotting away on the ground.
I see a compost bin in the background here and must remind myself: compost and see what grows!