One of my favorite things about Halloween is pumpkin carving. Even before I had a little one in the house I would carve pumpkins every year. Of course I’ve gone from witches and ghouls to Tinker Bell and My Little Pony but that’s ok. When the pumpkins are all carved, the candles lit and her creations (well she picks them anyways) come to life it’s a pretty special moment! I’m a pretty confident carver but my husband puts me to shame. He has some mad jackolantern skills!
The only part about pumpkin carving that I am not a fan of is the mess. Pumpkin guts and seeds everywhere. It’s sticky and slightly stinky and, well, kinda gross. And with a little one helping out it’s all that much messier. But you have to take the good with the bad sometimes.
When I was a kid growing up on the farm things like pumpkin guts would simply be thrown out into the garden. We didn’t have a formal composting bin or pile but we had a huge garden so we would just take fruit and vegetables scraps out to the garden to decompose and in the spring they would just get tilled into the soil before we planted. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Since I moved to the city I have to admit that I haven’t done much in the way of composting. I don’t really have much space for a garden so it hasn’t been a priority. But, I’m all about teaching my daughter ways to treat this planet better. We do quite a bit of recycling and next spring we will actually have a garden plot that we are renting so this is a great time to get started on composting!
Glad Makes Composting Easy
When you think about composting what comes to mind? For some people it may be stinky, messy and just another chore to put on the list. But the reality is – it’s not that hard and it’s not that smelly. In fact when you do it properly it should hardly smell at all. And if you are lucky enough to have a composting program in your city then it’s even easier!
Glad compostable bags will decompose right along with organic waste and are accepted at many compost facilities. This Halloween we had the opportunity to put them to the test!
As you can see the little one was eager to help out. And it was an easy job to get her involved with. After the pumpkins were gutted she simply scooped all the innards into a Glad compost bag that fits neatly in a small compost bin. Simple as that. But then what? Well if you happen to live in an area that has a compost program you simply set it all aside until you’re ready to take it for composting (or pick up if your city has that). The awesome thing about these bags is, that despite being completely compostable they hold up remarkably well! No worries about dumping a gooey mess all over your floor.
After 5 days of quietly decomposing in the bin I checked on the pumpkin guts. I’m going to tell you I’ve never used compostable bags before so I wasn’t really sure what I had got myself into here. I was prepared for a mess.
When I opened up the bin I gave the guts a bit of a stir to see what we had going on in there. And the answer was – not much. There wasn’t a foul, rotting smell. In fact it looked pretty much the same as when I filled up the bag five days earlier. So I went ahead, hoping for the best, and lifted the bag out of the bin. All of the liquid from the guts had settled on the bottom of the bag. But the bag held up with no problem. I carried it from the kitchen out into the backyard with no leaks or spills. Success! This just may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
If you haven’t tried Glad compostable bags yet, or if you are a fan already, you can get yourself a coupon for $2.00 off! The coupon is good until March 14th.
So do you compost in your home? Does your city have a compost program? I’d love to hear about your composting endeavours!
Disclaimer: I received product in order to facilitate this review. Opinions are 100% my own.