Carve out a seasonal centrepiece
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!’