Friday, September 24, 2010

Flowering Jack-o-Lantern

I can't take credit for this cute edible jack-o-lantern, I saw one in Southern Living this month, and decided to challenge myself and try making one.  Clockwise from the top, mesclun greens, violas, strawberries, Italian oregano and pansies.Everything in the jack-o-lantern is edible and would make a great salad when it all grows up, and you can plant the whole Jack in the ground after it serves its purpose as a living flower arrangement, how's that for sustainable???  Here's how mine went together:

Take off the top and scoop out the seeds--easier said than done--they are stringy and wet if the pumpkin is fresh.

Line the interior with a 2-gallon zip-lock bag, with the zipper cut off, or aluminum foil.

A little potting soil

Arrange the plants in the Jack, and water lightly. This will keep for about 2 weeks, after that the pumpkin may begin to deteriorate, that's when you either transplant the inside, or plant the whole thing in your yard. You can do this with any size pumpkin, but the bigger it is the more you can squeeze into it.   Have a great weekend everyone.

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