What do you get when you mix and match two of our fall favorites? A mumkin! Yeah, we spelled that right. Mumkins are super fun and inexpensive gardening DIY projects to do at home with the kids or even with a group of friends over a glass of wine and now is the perfect time to make your own so that you can decorate with yours over both Halloween and Thanksgiving. It's easy! Give it a try.
Build your own mumkin
What you'll need:
- pumpkin (medium to large)
- mum (select according to the size of pumpkin you've picked)
- pansies or violas (optional floral addition)
- potting soil
- knife or pumpkin carving kit
- white vinegar
- Visit GSCO or your local garden supply store to pick up your pumpkin, mum and potting soil.
- When you arrive home, find a space outdoors you don't mind getting messy and submerge your entire (uncut) pumpkin in white vinegar to preserve it.
- Cut a ring around the stem of your pumpkin about the size of the circumference of your mum's plastic pot.
- Remove the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds from the inside. (We suggest saving the seeds for a garden to table snack later!)
- If you're going to leave your pumpkin outdoors, you may want to poke small holes with a skewer at the base of the pumpkin to help with drainage. If you're bringing yours indoors for a tablescape, you may want to skip this step so that you don't have to worry about leaks.
- Fill pumpkin with potting soil leaving enough room for the roots of your mum.
- Remove the mum from the container and break up the rootball with your hands gently.
- Plant mum (and pansies or violas) in your pumpkin container.
- Water lightly and place in an area that receives partial to full sun.