You can recycle those Halloween pumpkins for wildlife in your own backyard

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Remember to recycle your pumpkins after Halloween. But, please, NOT at our conservation areas!

Some wild animals do enjoy mowing down on those leftover pumpkins after (and, yes, also before) Halloween, but the wildlife in our conservation areas have everything they need already in our native plant and animal communities.

If you want to share what’s remaining of your Halloween pumpkin with wildlife, you can do so right at home:

1. Cut up the pumpkin into small pieces and scatter it all around your garden and under hedges for animals and insects to eat.

2. Pumpkin flesh is full of water and breaks down quickly in the soil, so just chop your pumpkin into bits and bury it in your garden. The worms and insects will love it!

3. Birds love all kinds of seeds, pumpkin included, so you could save the seeds and put them in your feeder. Dry them out first by putting them in the oven. Once cooled, break them up a bit so it’s easier for smaller birds to enjoy.

4. If you have chickens at home, use your left over pumpkin as feed for your chickens. The pumpkin is full of vitamins and minerals which your chickens will benefit from. Simply cut the pumpkin in half and leave it in the chicken’s pen. They will happily peck away at it.

You could even turn your pumpkin into a unique bird feeder!

Photo by Christian Boix

Check out these websites for how to create a pumpkin bird feeder and more great pumpkin recycling ideas: and and

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