Growing your own pumpkins for Halloween couldn’t be easier, and after this quick garden project this October you will be ready to Grow Your Own next year! If you’re looking for cool pumpkin ideas, look no further. Do something different, easy and fun with your pumpkin this year.
- A pumpkin, either home grown or from the shop is fine
- Colourful Plants (Heathers in this project)
- Kitchen paper
- Paper bag
Cost, time and difficulty
Buying a pumpkin can be as cheap as £2 and can go up to £15, with the flowers to go in them costing as little as £3. The most cost effective is to buy cheap, as after this project you could be growing Free pumpkins for life! The project itself is so easy it only takes 10 – 15 minutes, although a little longer when involving children, taking care with knives.
Making your Pumpkin-plant
Cut a large hole into the top of the pumpkin. When using a knife take your time and cut into the flesh of the pumpkin opening it up so you can see the orange flesh inside.
Scoop out the inside of the pumpkin. With a spoon or trowel scoop out the inside of the pumpkin flesh, but be sure to keep hold of it.
**TIP: KEEP HOLD OF THE INSIDES OF THE PUMPKIN – YOU’LL NEED THIS TO GROW YOUR OWN**
Add compost. Any multipurpose compost will keep your plants looking and feeling great while they live in the pumpkin.
Plant your flowers or plants into pumpkin.
Into the compost plant up your plants. I’m using Heathers in this case as they are super easy to look after and look great crazy hair for a scary pumpkin, but you can also use pansies, flowers, grasses and even succulents.
Add detailing and water well. Turn it into a Halloween planter by carefully etching a scary face into the front of your pumpkin removing the outer skin.
Now your planter is ready to go, place it at your front door for all to see and water regularly. Be prepared for some, “oh that’s different” comments.
Next let’s look at how we can recreate this year on year, growing our own pumpkins for free! For this you will need the insides of the pumpkin from the above project, plus some kitchen paper.
Growing Your Own Pumpkin
Remove and discard the flesh from each seed.
This is quite time consuming, but well worth it. Remove all the orange flesh from around the white seeds.
Use the kitchen roll to dry seeds and place in paper bag.
Dry these seeds off well, place in a paper bag and store somewhere nice and dry.
In February sow pumpkin seed. This is where your pumpkin adventure begins.
Place one seed in a pot with compost and water well. You can grow these on a window sill where there is plenty of sunlight and is nice and warm. As the plant grows you should increase the size of the pot it is in.
Transfer plant outside. After the last frost, around end of April/ start of May, you can now transfer your plant outside in the ground or in a trug.
Care for your pumpkin. As your pumpkins grow you will need to give it plenty of water and keep the pumpkin off the ground so it doesn’t rot away.
By September/ October your pumpkin will be ready to harvest!
You now can do this each year having free pumpkins for life, and something amazing decorating your front door!
We hope this helped you on your hunt for cool pumpkin ideas. If you’re looking for more ways to decorate, why not check out these 6 easy and effective (not to mention cheap!) decor ideas. Want a break from all the Halloween decorations and to have a theraputic garden break? We have a list of your essential gardening jobs for October.
This article was written by our guest contributor, professional gardener Skinny Jean Gardener. He’s passionate about getting all the family involved in gardening and is Blue Peter’s resident gardener!