Pump­kin smash­ing

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What to do with all those pumpkins now that Hal­loween is over?

Pumpkins are good food, high in es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins and min­er­als. Once we carve and light them, how­ever, most peo­ple think their value is gone. But pumpkins pro­duce a nu­tri­ent-dense com­post as they rot.

You can turn com­post­ing your pump­kin into a fun ac­tiv­ity for kids. Let them break it into pieces, then find a sunny lo­ca­tion, leave the pieces there, cover with leaves and within a few months you will have an earthy-smelling com­post rich in nu­tri­ents to spread onto your plants.

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