The Beaumont Botanical Gardens is getting ready to transition the grounds from autumn décor to winter holiday themes, and they need the public’s help to make sure they dispose of their many pumpkins in an eco-friendly manner.
That means keeping them out of the landfill.
“The lack of oxygen in landfills means that organic matter, in this case pumpkins, produce methane gas, which is harmful for the climate,” according to a news release.
Starting Nov. 30 and continuing through Dec. 4, the gardens will have all their pumpkins available for free.
There are multiple ways pumpkins can be used once Halloween and Thanksgiving have passed, per the release.
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The gardens suggest baking a pumpkin puree, roasting seeds for snacks or setting them out for animal feed, or to donate them to local farms.
Composting them can enrich your garden soil, and might even lead to a home pumpkin patch come next fall.
If you’re one who prefers to play with your food, invite friends and family over for a pumpkin smashing fest.
Pumpkins can even be re-purposed for Christmas-themed decorations. Try stacking them biggest to smallest, then paint them to create snowman figures.
Wherever your creative mind takes you, the botanical gardens has got your gourd.
“Take as many pumpkins as you can use,” the release said. “You will be doing us a favor and the environment.”