What happens to pumpkins that don’t sell?

Answered by Frank Schwing

When it comes to pumpkins that don’t sell, there are a few different options for what can happen to them. One common practice is to use pumpkins for compost. This is something that I personally do with leftover pumpkins on my farm, and I can attest to the fact that they make excellent compost material.

Composting pumpkins is a great way to recycle them and give them a second life. Pumpkins are rich in organic matter and nutrients, making them a valuable addition to any compost pile. The process of composting involves breaking down organic materials, like pumpkins, into nutrient-rich soil that can be used to fertilize plants and improve soil health.

To compost pumpkins, the first step is to remove any seeds or large chunks of pumpkin flesh. This helps to speed up the composting process and prevent any unwanted pumpkin plants from sprouting in your compost pile. Once the pumpkins are prepared, they can be added to a compost bin or pile along with other compostable materials, such as vegetable scraps, leaves, and grass clippings.

Over time, the pumpkins will break down and decompose, thanks to the activity of microorganisms like bacteria and fungi. These decomposers work to break down the organic matter, releasing nutrients and creating a nutrient-rich compost. This compost can then be used to enrich garden beds, potted plants, or even as a top dressing for lawns.

In addition to composting, another option for pumpkins that don’t sell is to let them go back to the soil naturally. This means simply leaving them in an area where they can decompose on their own. This can be done in a garden bed, a field, or even a designated composting area on your property.

When pumpkins are left to decompose naturally, they provide food and shelter for various organisms in the soil. This can help to improve soil health and fertility over time. Additionally, as the pumpkins break down, they release nutrients into the soil, further enriching it for future plant growth.

There are a few different options for what can happen to pumpkins that don’t sell. Composting is a popular choice, as pumpkins make excellent compost material and can contribute to the creation of nutrient-rich soil. Alternatively, letting pumpkins decompose naturally in the soil can also benefit soil health and fertility. Ultimately, the goal is to find a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to give these leftover pumpkins a purpose and prevent them from going to waste.