It's seems like every post I do lately is a "What's Decomposing" post. So far I've shown pictures of my compost bin with hot peppers, leaves, and 5 gallons of peanut oil in it. Who doesn't love pictures of compost?
With halloween now over and having grown that great 75 pounds pumpkin the question is, what should I do with it. Well since this is a "What's Decomposing" post I guess it's not a question at all. Pumpkins are a great "green" source for making compost. A lot of people cut the pumpkins up so that they compost quicker but I don't bother. These pumpkins will get soft soon enough on their own, without any help from me.
One problem that will definitely have is with pumpkin plant volunteers. My compost bin is going to become a pumpkin patch next spring. That means I'll have to turn the pile a few times until these volunteer pumpkin plants stop volunteering. As long as I turn the plants into the pile before they get too big, I'll be okay.
Turning a huge compost pile is not a fun task so I probably should have passed on these pumpkins. But when you're low on greens, you do what you have to do.