With Halloween done, compost can take your pumpkin

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A pessimist or a joker might say, “Ehh, that idea’s only good for compost.”

Your jack-o-lantern might be good for compost too, now that Halloween is over.

Ideas abound on the Internet to turn pumpkins into food, but if you’re not in the mood for baking or cooking, the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) is glad to show you how to put that used pumpkin to work in your garden.

Creating a compost pile or starting a bin can actually save you money, the corporation says, and you can use compost instead of synthetic lawn chemicals. Compost increases the ability for soil to hold moisture and boosts plants’ ability to aborb fertilizer and water.

Besides guides the RIRRC offers online, the University of Rhode Island also offers a Master Composter program.

However, if you’re not going to compost your pumpkin, it can be used to feed wildlife, says the Corporation’s Sarah Kite-Reeves. Put birdseed in the pumpkin and put it out in the yard — though it will attract more animals than just birds.

Click here for more recycling tips from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.

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