November 3, 2008

Useful Jack-O-Lanterns

These pumpkins were artfully carved for Halloween this year (mine has the tongue sticking out a la Gene Simmons style). Their artfully carved parts and gooey insides ended up in the latest worm bowl (along with some strawberry tops):

Then, we roasted the pumpkin seeds with some EVOO and steak seasoning. Essentially we were able to make use of the whole pumpkin- very environmentally friendly.

I have no idea how long it takes pumpkin parts to rot, so before I go gangbusters and toss in entire pumpkins for the worms to devour, I am going to see how long it takes them to finish these small pumpkin parts.

Did you know that pumpkins were first carved back in the 1700's to welcome back dead relatives and scare off evil spirits? I learned all kinds of interesting stuff at the Pumpkin Patch.

If I find out pumpkins rot fast enough, I am going to cut the jack-o-lanterns into pieces and drop them in.

Hopefully, this Halloween symbol will symbolize the last feeding before the big crank of the Wigwam!!!


Terri said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by the blog! Love your site and would love to include a vermicompost link, if you'd like. I just think it's such a neat thing - I have visions in my head of vast wooden bins of worms... :)


Lilli said...

You are welcome- you do a great job and I love the updates from related sites.
I am also dreaming of many bins one day...but for right now I am concentrating on doing a good job with growing the small worm herd I have successfully!

Mary@SimplyForties said...

Hmm...this has me thinking. About a hollowed out pumpkin, filled with bedding and food scraps as a worm bin? Throw in some worms and put the lid on. A seasonal worm bin to celebrate the fall? Okay, maybe I'm getting obsessed. Good luck with the first turn of barrel!

Lilli said...

That is such a cool idea, especially for people just getting started.
I wonder if worms naturally go into pumpkins that are left out to rot in gardens? I guess they must...