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Hit the Road Jack: Pumpkin Composting

Photo by Dottie Francoeur  Jack (second from right) on a park bench, with friends, waiting to become compost.

Photo by Dottie Francoeur
Jack (second from right) on a park bench, with friends, waiting to become compost.

Photo by Pat Cooke Dottie Francoeur manages Chelsea properties…and Chelsea pumpkins!

Photo by Pat Cooke
Dottie Francoeur manages Chelsea properties…and Chelsea pumpkins!

The second day of November may be too soon for all things Santa, but one thing’s for sure: Jack (as in O-Lantern) has overstayed his welcome. But why consign him to the trash heap of history, when yesterday’s carefully carved pumpkin still has a legitimate contribution to make? This year, give your favorite October gourd a second life — with a starring role in the PS11 and 300 West 23rd, 22nd & 21st Street Block Association’s annual production of “The Jack-O-Lantern Composting Project.”

From 10am-2pm on Sat., Nov. 2, they’ll be collecting pumpkins at the PS11 playground (21st St., btw. 8th & 9th Aves.). Reps from the NYC Compost Project in Manhattan will be on hand to provide compost education and outreach.

A Street Tree Cleanup effort also runs concurrent to the composting shindig. On 22nd St. (btw. 8th & 9th Aves.), join with other volunteers, the Chelsea Garden Club and Trees New York experts. They’ll supply compost, bulbs, tools and instructions. You supply the kind of elbow grease that gave last week’s Jack-O-Lantern his toothy grin.

—Scott Stiffler

One Response to Hit the Road Jack: Pumpkin Composting

  1. Margaret Hoyle November 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Fill with sunflower seeds for birds to peck, too.

    Reply

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