pump­kin planter

Carve out a sea­sonal cen­tre­piece

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While the su­per­mar­kets are full of pump­kins for carv­ing into Hal­loween lanterns, why not pick one up and use it to cre­ate a dis­play with a bit of a dif­fer­ence out­side your front door. a gen­er­ous-sized pump­kin is the per­fect shape to carve into a quirky planter. Here’s how to do it…

YOU WILL NEED

a pump­kin Sharp knife large spoon multi-pur­pose com­post

plants (try solanum, or­ange heather, or trail­ing ivy) Wa­ter­ing can

1 hol­low out the pump­kin Start by cut­ting the top off the pump­kin and scoop out the flesh and seeds from inside in the same way you would if you were mak­ing a Hal­loween lantern. Make the round open­ing on the top of the pump­kin as wide as you can – this will help you to fit in as many plants as pos­si­ble.

2 FILL With com­post Half fill the hol­lowed-out pump­kin with a good-qual­ity multi-pur­pose plant­ing com­post, just as you would do when fill­ing a stan­dard con­tainer.

3 pot Up the plants Ar­range a mix of sea­sonal plants in shades of or­ange and yel­low. Solanum and heather are good choices for the au­tumn.

4 put on DIS­PLAY Fill any gaps with more of the com­post, wa­ter well and pop your fin­ished pump­kin planter on a ta­ble as a cen­tre­piece or as a sea­sonal greet­ing in your porch.

‘Cut a hole in the bot­tom for drainage, to stop wa­ter from sit­ting in the planter – not good for the plants or the pump­kin!’

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