Prepare the pumpkin by cutting a generous top opening, hollowing the orb (if using a real pumpkin), and drilling a drainage hole. Cover with a light layer of rocks.
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Half-fill the pumpkin with a potting mix made for use in container gardens (don't use garden soil). Do not overfill your pumpkin, you want to make sure you have plenty of room to add your plants.
Add plants, then water thoroughly. Be sure not to over-water your pumpkin container. Excess moisture will cause the pumpkin to deteriorate. Choose a variety of plants that work well together including flowers, ornamental grasses, and herbs. Try experimenting with different plant combinations.
Once your planter is complete, display it with in-season decor such as pumpkins, gourds, and even hay bales.
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