Make a Pumpkin Planter
Turn a pumpkin into an unexpected planter that will shake off chilly nights and light frost.
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How to Make It
- Round up seasonal offerings from your local garden center. We chose ornamental kale, pansies, and 'Toffee Twist' sedge along with thyme, apple mint, and ivy.
- Prepare the pumpkin by cutting a generous top opening, hollowing the orb, drilling a drainage hole, and half-filling it with a potting mix made for use in container gardens (don't use garden soil).
- Add plants, then water thoroughly.
- Place your new planter on an empty birdbath, then tuck in some oak leaves, broom corn, and corn tassels around the pumpkin's base for a charming skirt.
- Complete the arrangement with the eccentric beauty of heirloom pumpkins and squashes as well as pear-shape gourds.
Tip: Heirloom squash varieties are time-tested plants passed down through generations of gardeners -- and they're great for adding seasonal color. The varieties shown here include 'Galeux d'Eysines' (a dessert squash with peanut-like warts), 'Long Island Cheese' (the somewhat flat, buff-color squash; it's ideal for pies), and 'Musque de Provence' (the deeply ribbed type with a pale ochre color).