Quirky Fall Decorating with Pumpkins and Squash

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Whether it?s from family trips to the pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins into Jack-o-Lanterns, or warming up with a pumpkin spice latte, pumpkins have nestled their way into being a romantic part of fall nostalgia. The excitement for pumpkin season perhaps helps to soothe the loss of summer warmth. I love to spend many fall days outdoors, and if there is a farm, pumpkin patch, or outdoor market within driving distance, you know I will be there. Thankfully, there are people out there as excited about the season as I am, and they celebrate it with some quirky fall decorating with pumpkins and squash.Fall decorating with pumpkins and squash

Pumpkins do not need much to spice up a space. A few set on your doorstep is enough to welcome the cooler weather. Add a couple of small pumpkins to your dining table or fireplace mantle and you have a magazine-worthy table setting with no effort. But Garden Therapy is about getting outside to play, enjoy the crisp air, and connect with nature. So forget those elegant, designer-styled magazine pictures and let?s get a bit silly with pumpkins!

Quirky Fall Decorating with Pumpkins and Squash

Since pumpkins and squash are the stars of the season, why not display them in frames? These wood frames are adorned with junk finds like old knobs and cutlery and set on easels out in the garden.Squash in frames

Wagon wheels and wood ladders are also suitable for outdoor fall decorating with pumpkins and squash. Don?t forget to hang some from the trees!Wagon wheel with pumpkins

Squash and pumpkin on a ladder

Vintage farm machinery looks dressed up for fall when surrounded by orange pumpkins? Fall decorating with pumpkins and squash Decorating with pumpkins

?and a weird, pink, warty squash.Squash

If you have a large harvest, use pumpkins to line the garden beds. It will allow them to cure in the garden while dressing up the place. Line the garden with pumpkins These pumpkins were photographed at the Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Village where you absolutely have to see !Now that's festive pumpkin decorating - Pumkin House

Stack pumpkins for a topiary, or carve faces in them for a Jack-o-Totem.stacked pumpkin topiary

Use their natural shape and some added features to .Gourd birds

If you have a giant pumpkin on your hands, then it can become the base for a Jack-o-Lantern-Man. Enough said.Jack-O-Lantern Man

Or grab some paint and . They will be loved by kids of all ages and, as a bonus, you will have a captive audience for that short play or interpretive dance routine you have been working on.Pumpkins with painted faces


Quirky fall decorating with pumpkins and squash

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This Himalayan pink salt scrub is a powerful detoxifier packed with healing minerals for your whole body. Our busy lives often result in tired, achy muscles, stress and environment related skin issues, and not very much time to stop and take care of ourselves. This scrub is a simple, quick way to give your body some of the love it needs in just 20 minutes. With rose petals and essential oils added, this scrub becomes a home spa treatment that also heals, soothes, and revitalizes the skin. Healing Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub

There are many benefits to using as a culinary ingredient, as it is full of 80+ minerals and elements such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium. The pink color is a result of these trace elements in the salt, including energy-rich iron. These minerals can often be more accessible to the body through dermal absorption, making this salt scrub a nourishing and therapeutic experience for the body.

Rose geranium, pink grapefruit, and ylang-ylang essential oils have been added for an aroma that helps to bring balance and harmony as well as stimulating and uplifting properties. This powerful combination works wonders to transform a weary body and mind in just the time it takes to have a bath.

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Detoxifying Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub


  • 8 oz
  • 2 oz
  • 1 oz
  • 10 drops
  • 5 drops
  • 5 drops
  • Dried (optional)

Make it!

Mix together all ingredients in a jar. Warm up the coconut oil if you need to soften it. Add dried rose petals to the top of the jar if you want a more luxurious bath, or if giving this as a gift. Store in small batches in the fridge to prolong life.

Healing Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub recipe

How to Use

This Himalayan pink salt scrub is best when applied before a warm bath. Massage into wet skin all over the body and step into a warm bath for at least 20 minutes. Soak, rest, relax, and dry your skin after the bath. Bring a cool glass of water to the bath with you as detoxification can be powerful.

You may feel a bit woozy right afterward as your body gets used to the toxins being drawn out. Drink at least two 8-oz glasses of water during and within one hour after the bath. If this routine is being done before bed, you should have a wonderful night?s rest. In the day, give yourself an extra 30 minutes to relax after the bath, then jump up and get on with your day.

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In my urban garden, I had rats, flies, and wasps feasting like crazy from my open compost bin, which made them permanent residents in the garden too. As you can imagine, these were not the guests I wanted to share my space with! Wait until you see this compost bin makeover, a transformation that took just an hour but upgraded the space from junky to fabulous and immediately took care of the pest problem.

Compost tumbler with copy "Oh Rats! How to Keep Pests OUT of the Compost"

One thing about gardening in a small space is that you tend to pack every nook and cranny with garden. That makes the practical necessities hard to find a place for where they won?t become an eyesore. The compost area in my garden consisted of a broken down city-provided compost bin that was held together with sunshine yellow duct tape and not much else. The holes were created by unwelcome neighbors with beady eyes and long tails. You guessed it: rats! Our compost bin had clearly been the 5-star bed and breakfast to rats long before we moved in. As much as we tried to keep them out, they were determined to come back.

A compost tumbler not only made this urban composting space look a whole lot better, but it also sped up the composting process dramatically. A closed system like this keeps the compost contained, and it has no space for pests to get in. Rats, mice and other rodents love to dine and nest in the warmth of a home compost bin. Cats, dogs, foxes, raccoons, coyotes, badgers, and even snakes may also be attracted. And let?s not forget about bugs. While it?s very useful to have worms and microorganisms munching away at the materials to break them down, it can be quite unpleasant when wasps and flies move in.

SPONSORED CONTENT: This post was sponsored by , who also provided me with the , , and an . All of the opinions that are shared in this post are my own. A.M. Leonard?s Gardener?s Edge has also generously provided a giveaway for one of our lucky readers! See how to enter at the end of the post.

Goodbye Old Bin. It?s Time for a Makeover!

The compost space is located at the back entrance to the garden, which is a convenient location for using it, but what an eyesore! Here is what it looked like before.compost Despite regular aeration and , when you have only one compost bin, you can?t add new materials until the current materials are finished composting. And it takes a long time to fill up the bin in the first place. With this style of composter, we were continually adding material and digging partially finished compost into the garden.

While an open-bottom compost bin is best on soil so that there is an entry point for insects and worms, a compost tumbler, like the Compost Wizard, is best on a raised platform because it is neater, easier to roll, and allows access to the compost tea spout at the bottom. Play the video for an idea of how it works.


5 Reasons You Should Use a Compost Tumbler

  1. A compost tumbler is a closed system that keeps out rats and other pests.
  2. A compost tumbler is neater as the compost is contained completely inside the chambers of the bin.
  3. A compost tumbler speeds up the completion time for finished compost. The Compost Wizard has two 25-gallon chambers so you can be making compost in one side while adding compostable materials to the other.
  4. A compost tumbler is easier to mix (by spinning it) than a traditional compost bin (using an aeration tool) or pile (fork turning the compost). It?s a whole lot of fun to spin it, too!
  5. A compost tumbler like the Compost Wizard collects the excess moisture from the compost and collect the leachate in  base of the bin. This can be added the garden when watering.

compost wizard dueling tumbler

Composting Recipe for Compost Tumblers

I?ve previously written about how important it is to follow a to be sure that your greens, browns, balanced materials, air, and water are added in the right amounts for effective composting. This recipe holds true for a compost tumbler with one exception, the process will be stimulated by heat and aeration, which will promote microorganisms to break down the material.jobe's organics compost starter

In a compost pile, soil insects and worms are introduced to also help break down the material, but the heat and movement of a tumbler do not provide a great environment for those creatures. Adding some compost starter to the materials will help to get the process off on the right foot.

composting station after makeover

Make Composting Pretty with a Composting Platform

My composting area is now a feature rather than an eyesore with this good-looking barn wood platform built by Mr. Garden Therapy. He finished the job while I was out for a walk so it won?t take you too long. Here are the instructions:

  1. Level the foundation so that the planks lay flat and won?t be at risk of warping, bending, or breaking. Use a level both side-to-side and back-to-front to ensure your foundation is level.
  2. Support under the planks to ensure they can easily support the weight of a fully loaded compost bin and a person working at the bin. Lay down joists that run perpendicular to your planks every 12? for proper support.
  3. Raise the surface of the platform to prevent rot. Using gravel to fill in around your foundation and joists (not soil) will increase the longevity of the platform. Ensure the top of your joists protrude above grade so that your planks are not resting directly on top of the soil.

He did take some photos of the process which I have put together in a little slideshow.

Doesn?t the composting area look much better now?

composting station makeover project

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