Turn Your Pumpkin into a Pumpkin Planter!
In a few simple steps, you can create beautiful fall planters good for a week or two, and then you can replant the materials for longer enjoyment.
To get started with this, you’ll need a pumpkin. A variety of shapes and sizes adds interest to your arrangement, just make sure the pumpkins you select are large enough to hold a small grouping of plants. You'll also need some fall flowers and plants. Again you'll want a variety of colors and textures for interest. Try some small hanging varieties, and bright red or yellow mums. You can even add in some succulents. Select a potting mix that you prefer for regular planters. And you will need a hammer and nail, a trowel, a sharp knife and a large bowl.
And don't forget to enlist help. In our case, we had Ferguson the cat. But this is a great project to do with children. Just make sure you are closely supervising.
After you have gathered all of your supplies, begin your pumpkin planter by cutting around the stem of your pumpkin, as if you were carving the top of a jack-o-lantern.
Clean out pumpkin as thoroughly as possible, setting your seeds aside in the bowl to roast later.
After cleaning out the pumpkin, poke 4-6 holes in the bottom of the pumpkin so that the soil can drain. We used a hammer and nail for this.
Continue by filling your pumpkin ¾ of the way full with damp potting soil. Tip: If you want to remove excess moisture you can add a layer of charcoal or clay to the bottom of your pumpkin before you add potting soil. Finally, place your fall plants right into the pumpkin! Depending on the size of your pumpkin, you might have to bunch them in close, but remember, this is just temporary. Remember to re-pot or transfer the plants to your garden after 10-14 days.
Don’t forget to water your new planter after planting your favorite fall flowers!