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Countdown to Fall: 6 ways to re-use your pumpkins

Categories: New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: September 20, 2019

As soon as football season is back upon us and the nights begin to get cooler, fall and pumpkin season are on their way and in full force at the stores. In fact, Starbucks  is giving its followers fall fever by launching their infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte or “PSL” as cult favorites refer to it, even before Fall officially begins on the calendar. However, once you make a trip to your local pumpkin patch and bring your pumpkins home, do you ever wonder what other things you could be doing with your pumpkins other than just carving them and setting them on your front porch? Mattamy Homes, formerly Royal Oaks Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, shares 6 other things you can do with your pumpkins this fall season.

The excitement of fall may have your kids ready to pick out their own pumpkin and carve their jack-o-lantern to proudly be displayed on your front porch for trick-or-treaters. However, what should you do with your pumpkins after they have had their fair share of stoop time?

Many people don’t know that pumpkins are great if you have a compost pile in your back yard. Not only are pumpkins full of nutrients, but they also help make for great fertilizer. However, be sure to remove the pumpkin seeds before putting them in your compost pile to prevent baby pumpkins from popping up next season.

If you don’t have a compost pile in your backyard but want to reap the benefits of the pumpkin for your soil, you can simply bury your pumpkin in the backyard in your garden area and it will enrich the soil around it.

If you live in an area where there is wildlife, chop your pumpkin up into pieces and leave it for the animals in your area to eat. Pumpkins are a delicious snack to animals and safe for them to ingest.

If you have pumpkins at home that have been left uncarved, there are several things that you can do with them to enjoy them further than just decorations.

One of the first things you can do is the traditional snack of pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds make a healthy snack that you can munch on all fall. You simply just need to wash, drain and toast the seeds. You can add different seasonings of your choice, if you choose.

Another great treat that can come out of your pumpkin is pumpkin puree. Cut your pumpkin in quarters and scoop out the seeds and guts of the pumpkin. Place the slices of pumpkin face down on a baking dish that is filled with 1 cup of water. Then, bake your pumpkin for 90 minutes or until it feels tender.

You can then scoop the pumpkin out and add it to a food processor to puree. You can use this puree for pumpkin pie, cake, bread or muffins!

Another great way to use your pumpkin and transition it to Thanksgiving, is to use your pumpkin as a planter. You can treat it like a flower vase by cutting a hole in the top and cleaning out the insides. You can add a small hole for drainage and fill with soil to plant your flowers. This can serve as a beautiful centerpiece come Thanksgiving.

These simple tips can help you enjoy your pumpkins a little more and a little longer this fall season!

 

 

Mattamy Homes, formerly Royal Oaks Building Group, is a new home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

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