You can preserve carved pumpkins with four easy steps. You can also enrich your garden by composting pumpkins after all the fun is over. The first step to preserving a pumpkin is to make a lemon juice mixture of one-half cup of water and half a cup lemon juice. Put in a spray bottle and spray the interior and exterior of your carved pumpkin. The acid mixture offers protection from the elements. Use vegetable oil as an alternative. Use a paper towel to dab vegetable oil on the carved areas. This can act as a preservative and prevent decay and shriveling. Oxygen causes decomposition and vegetable oil acts as a protecting agent. The third step is a temporary freeze. Put the carved pumpkin in the freezer for 12 hours to extend its outdoor life. You can do this as much as needed. The fourth step involves using silica packets like the ones that are sold with shoes. The silica can actually prevent mold by reducing the moisture in the pumpkin. Place the packets in the carved pumpkins but be sure to
remove and dispose of properly before composting your pumpkins.
Follow these steps and you will be on your way to composting pumpkins.
- Remove candles or wax or silica packets you used to preserve your carved pumpkins.
- Find a spot that is in the sun and away from your daily activities.
- Cut up or smash your pumpkin.
- Cover it with a layer of leaves
- And let nature take its course
Michelle Savin is an eco stylist from California. She is an expert on organic and eco-friendly family living. She is the founder of organic bedding line Until Kara. Follow her at Organic Conscious Mom.