There is nothing worse than the smell of rotting pumpkin. It wades through the air and lingers for days or possibly weeks. People are always asking me, “What do I do with a pumpkin after Halloween,” and I always give them my top 5 tips for dealing with a rotting pumpkin.
What are those 5 tips?
I’m glad you asked, because that’s today’s topic. Let’s hit it!
- Compost Pit – If you have a green thumb and you love gardening, there’s nothing better than a compost pit. Cut that pumpkin up and toss its fleshy bits in with the rest of the rotting compost. In a couple months you’ll have fertilizer strong enough to made a dead plant come back to life (not true). Plus, the bacteria in the compost pit keeps that pumpkin smell away.
- Squirrels – I’m not exactly a huge fan of this tip, but I know a couple neighbors who love it. Anyway, leave the rotting pumpkin outside for the squirrels. Nothing drives those puffy-tailed cuties insane quite like the fermenting of pumpkins. You get rid of your pumpkin and the squirrels get a nice treat. Not too bad.
- Birdseed – Cut the pumpkin in half and fill each half with birdseed. Use string to tie the pumpkin halves to tree branches, creating homemade, fully edible bird feeders. The birds will eat the seeds, the flesh, and maybe even the skin, depending on the bird. Just another way to do Mother Nature a good deed, while getting rid of that pumpkin.
- Bury Alive – Give that no-good pumpkin a dirt nap! If you have a garden, or plan on starting one, dig a hole and bury this pumpkin deep down into the earth. The worms will take care of the rotting bits, and the dirt will love all of the excess nutrients. Come spring and summer, your plants will have a well fertilized bed.
- Trash – Obviously, if all else fails, you can toss the mess into the trash and send it packing to the dump. Wrap the pumpkin in a plastic bag, though, because most trash companies won’t take an openly rotting pumpkin.
Since pumpkin carving is such a staple tradition of Halloween, I doubt the rotting aftermath is going to go away anytime soon. Instead, use the previous tips to do something good with your pumpkin. Plus, if all else fails, there’s always tip #5 – not as nature-friendly, but still an end to the rotten mess.
Let me know if you have any other tips to add. I’m always looking for new additions, because we all have a personal preference with disposing of trash.