In the Garden: Squash and Gourd Planters

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EUGENE, Ore. — Chances are you may have things around your yard that you can use to make a great fall centerpiece of vase.

The first one is a pumpkin planter. Cut open a pumpkin and hollow it out. Add a couple scoops of potting mix. Put in a mum and some violas and top it off with potting soil.

If your pumpkin doesn’t have a hole at the bottom, it can go inside or outside. Or you could drill a hole in the bottom so there will be drainage.

Another fun thing to make is a planted out of a speckled swan gourd. These usually have a top piece that’s kind of got a little neck to it. Simply cut it off. Take an apple corer, or you could use a bottle opener too, and just make a little hole. Take some crab apples and a branch of a Japanese maple and put it in.

Johnson Brothers Greenhouses is hosting a fall centerpiece make-and-take workshop this Friday night at 7 p.m. You can also attend their harvest weekend this Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more information.

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