On WFSB's Better Connecticut I demonstrate a little trick that will help keep your jack-o-lantern aglow for longer than a couple of nights using these two unlikely items:
HERE to watch my Better Gardens segment on Halloween Pumpkins.
1. Draw the jack-o-lantern face on a pumpkin. I tried to draw Olaf from Disney's Frozen.
2. Remove all of the seeds from the inside- I think using a metal spoon works best.
3. Mix one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water to create a water bath for your carved pumpkin. This kills all of the bacteria that causes the initial deterioration of a pumpkin. Sorry that I don't have a pic of this- but you can watch me cleaning my pumpkin in a video HERE.
4. Use Petroleum jelly to seal in moisture everywhere you carved. Moisture loss is what would lead my Olaf to looking like a pumpkin puddle instead of a pumpkin snowman after a couple of days.
5. Here is my Olaf jack-o-lantern- clean, moisturized and ready for a candle tonight! Wow, is this a blog post about pumpkin carving or a romance novel for pumpkins?
Have fun carving this year and try this trick to help keep your jack-o-lanterns around longer!
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