When viewing carved watermelons, so many people say that they are just too pretty to eat.
Sometimes after carving watermelons, I slice them up and we eat them. But other times I put them in the refrigerator in our garage intending to serve them later, or take photos for my website. But, once out of site, out of mind. I sometimes forget them and rediscover them after they are too old to eat or photograph.
Perhaps you too don’t eat your watermelon carvings and they get too old to serve or display. So what do you do with them then?
Carved watermelons can make some of the most beautiful compost that you will ever see! (At least until they start decomposing).
But besides being pretty, carved watermelons and their rinds are high in nitrogen and great for compost. Although whole carved watermelons are kind of pretty sitting in the compost heap, it is better if you chop them up into smaller pieces so that they decompose faster.
Earthworms are very useful in composting. They help convert food waste into nutrient rich compost. And watermelon happens to be a favorite food of earthworms.
If you are an avid gardener, you may be familiar with the benefits of having earthworms in your garden. They loosen soil which allows water and air to circulate in better and makes it easier for roots to grow. They convert organic material into nutrients that plants can absorb. The bring minerals and other nutrients that are deep in the soil up to the upper layers where plants can absorb them. And they increase the soils ability to retain water. Earthworms are also a favorite food of songbirds and will attract them to your garden.
Watermelon and watermelon rind ranks high as one of the favorite foods of earthworms. Earthworms love moisture and with watermelons being so high in water content, the worms love it especially during the hot dry months.
If you’ve got a compost heap or a worm farm for your garden, your discarded carved watermelons will provide great nutrients for both. You can enjoy displaying your watermelon carvings and afterward, they can enrich your garden.
OK, I’ll admit that I am not much of a gardener. But, my old carved watermelons did get a second life in the compose heap and the worm factory at my local Boys and Girls Club farm. Katie Pelisek, who manages the garden there, clued me to the benefits of watermelons in the garden.