the not-so-great pumpkins?
Gargantuan Heights pumpkin pile has some neighbors totally out of their gourd
A massive pumpkin pile in the Heights has neighbors divided: is it a beautiful display or a hazard?
The owner says it's a well-tended part of their urban gardening operation and thinks the city was mistaken in posting a notice stating the spectacle is a bio-hazard.
Homeowner Catherine Woodward says she stopped counting after collecting 900 pumpkins from neighbors and friends to keep them from going to landfills.
"You can see it's a huge volume of organic matter, and in landfills, this builds up as methane, and that is hazardous for the workers there and kind of in general. And I have a garden, and I use compost, and this works really well as compost, so before they go bad, I pile them up in my yard, and I enjoy them, but as they get older and get rotten, I put them in my compost pile, and they feed my garden for the future," Woodward tells ABC-13's Lileana Pearson.
In the mound is a mix of gourds, pumpkins that have been decorated by kids, and even an acorn squash that you find in your grocery store. But on Wednesday morning, she and her brother got a knock on the door from the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods with a notice saying the pumpkins were a bio-hazard and had to go.
The pumpkin pile on E. 32nd Street in The Heights has caught the eyes of neighbors, who aren't as impressed.
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