Posted 19th Oct 2017
Pumpkin carving can be a great activity for you and the rest of the family this time of year - with these tips from Dobbies Garden Centre, it can also be incredibly easy too
1 Start by choosing a firm pumpkin which shows no signs of decay.
2 If you've been harvesting your own pumpkin, harden the shell by storing it on a permeable surface in a dark shed at room temperature for two weeks.
3 A good start is to draw on your design with a non permanent felt tip pen. This way, you can wipe it away if you end up making a mistake.
4 When you're cutting the lid from the lantern, start by removing the top and the stalk - ensure you keep your knife at an angle. Once this is done, scoop out the centre of the pumpkin, including the seeds.
5 Carefully cut out your design with a sharp knife - take care when using the blade.
6 Next, you should carefully cut out your design with a sharp knife, again, taking care with the blade.
7 Now, put a tealight in the lantern's centre, replacing the lid.
8 You should save the pumpkin flesh you've scooped out, and use it to create a warming pumpkin soup, pumpkin curry or pumpkin cake.
9 Save and dry the pumpkin seeds by scooping out your pumpkin's centre. You can then sow the seeds next spring and grow your own for next year - alternatively, they can be used for arts and crafts.
10 When the lantern is passed its best, cut it up and add it to your compost heap. This way, it will be recycled and used for the good of your garden. Remember to supervise your children when you're carving.
Tutorial courtesy of Dobbies Garden Centre