Beginning of the colorful pumpkin parade
The pumpkin harvest is displayed on church lawns for fundraisers and in front of produce markets and roadside stands. Pumpkins have many uses such as pumpkins, harvest decor, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin puffs and puddings, and all kinds of desserts. They also make great displays on the lawn and porch. There is no shortage of colors, shapes and sizes of pumpkins and all the choices are excellent. Unlike many vegetables, pumpkins have a long shelf life. They will survive for over a month in a lawn or porch and then be made into pumpkin pie. Pumpkins are part of the squash family. The midwestern part of our country produces the most pumpkins, and Illinois produces more than any other state.
Fall leaf season is now here
The autumn air in October has a certain coolness that causes many leaves to fall as they unload from the tree. The leaves are dry and crisp as they fall gracefully onto the lawn. Their crisp, dry condition makes them easy to blow or vacuum and rake around the garden or composting area. They can be broken down quickly by running them through the leaf vacuum. The crushed leaves make a cover for roses, bulb beds and azaleas or cover between rows or in beds. The oak trees will begin to unload their harvest in November and will continue to fall throughout that month.
When can we expect to see Jack Frost?
The first frost in this part of the state is after October 15, but most years it is much later than that. We may have dust on the lawn, but a frost that coats the roofs and turns them icy white usually happens around Halloween. The first killing frost that knocks out summer annuals and remnants of summer crops usually occurs in mid-November.
The colorful and beautiful Indian summer
The Indian summer is one of the most beautiful seasons with lots of colors, atmosphere and very pleasant temperatures. All of nature is in slow motion. The crows in the pines caw about it and the squirrels celebrate by jostling for the acorns. Before darkness arrives, we are rewarded with the varied colors of a beautiful sunset on the western horizon.
Slow-motion mode makes its way to garden plots
Everything about warm weather ends in the garden plot. Only a few pepper and tomato plants are still producing. Cool weather vegetables are slowly replacing depleted late summer crops. Mustard and mesclun, Siberian kale, broccoli, onions, turnips, cabbage and cabbage will soon be covered with a layer of crushed leaves to prolong their harvest until winter. Slow mode in the garden does not mean stop mode.
Make a Batch of Halloween Trail Mix
Fill an orange plastic lantern with a great Halloween harvest, trail mix and place it on the dining room table and refill it often. To make this trail mix, combine a box of Fiddle-Faddle Popcorn, a bag of Crumbled Cheese Doodles, a box of Golden Raisins, a bag of M&M’s Harvest Mix (plain), a packet of Nestlé Chocolate Chips and a package of mini pretzels (crumbled). Combine all ingredients and mix together one teaspoon of salts and two tablespoons of light brown sugar. Mix well and store in a popcorn box to keep it fresh.
Cold Water Bath Cures Shrinking Pumpkin
After a votive candle burns in a pumpkin jack-o’-lantern for a week, a pumpkin may start to get “shrink”. there all day. Before dark, remove the pumpkin from the jar and dry the inside and outside with a towel and replace the candle.
Lots of fresh apples for the fall table
The fall apple harvest is now reaching its peak production. Produce stalls and fruit markets as well as supermarkets shine with red, yellow, pink and green Granny Smith apples. They can be purchased by the bag, bushel or pound. The best of all apples are the tart and chewy apples, such as McIntosh, Winesap, Jona-Gold, York, and Granny Smith. For a real treat, fry some apples as a substitute for dessert. Peel eight or ten tart apples and cut them into slices and discard the pits. Apply several teaspoons of lemon juice and let sit for several minutes. In a skillet, melt a stick and a half of light margarine and sauté the sliced apples until tender. Remove from heat and sprinkle with half a cup of light brown sugar. Serve with a cool whisk.
Radish is a quick fall vegetable
Cool October soil sets the stage for one of fall’s quick veggies. A packet or two of radish seeds can be sown in cool October soil. They will germinate quickly as they like nippy soil conditions. Bundles of radishes cost about two dollars or less. You can choose between Crimson, Giant Cherry Bomb, Cherry Belle, Cherriette and Perfecto. Plant the seeds in a furrow about three inches deep and place a layer of peat moss in the bottom of the furrow. Sow seeds sparingly and cover with another layer of peat moss. Apply a layer of Garden-Tone Organic Plant Food and tamp the soil on either side of the furrow. Tamp the soil at the top of the row for firm ground contact.
What kind of acorn harvest will October bring?
A huge harvest of acorns could be the message of a harsh winter. Acorns on the forest floor could mean snow will be knocking at our front door. A huge harvest of acorns indicates a cold and harsh winter. If you see squirrels scurrying around harvesting and storing acorns, it could be a sign of a snowy winter. Acorns are just a warning sign, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Enjoying the days of Saint Luke’s little summer
We have been celebrating this big part of the Indian summer since around October 12 and we can expect a few more days of comfortable temperatures that will end on October 16. Saint Luke’s little summer provided a break and a door of opportunity to get fresh vegetables ready for the colder and coming temperatures and also catch up with the leaf harvest. May Saint Luke be able to prolong our days for a few more days!
Using jack-be-littles for Halloween decoration
Little Jack-be-Little pumpkins make lovely harvest and Halloween decorations and pair well with Hershey’s harvest kisses, leaves and some colorful harvest candles and a scattering of cream pumpkins for added color. The jack-be-little ones. These little pumpkins cost less than two dollars each.
A coffee cake with maple nuts and autumn crunch
The fall season is the perfect time to enjoy coffee cake. This is a great recipe with lots of pecans. You will need 1/2 cup butter or light (melted) margarine, 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup grated bread crumbs, 1 beaten egg, half a cup of white sugar, half a cup of milk, a cup of pancake mix, a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Combine half a cup of melted butter or light margarine, brown sugar, chopped pecans and breadcrumbs. Mix everything well and press into a baking dish sprayed with Pam cooking spray. Combine beaten egg and white sugar and beat until fluffy. Add milk and pancake mix with vanilla extract and stir lightly until combined. Stir in three tablespoons of melted butter or light margarine. Pour over the brown sugar-pecan mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for at least thirty minutes. Cool for fifteen minutes. Unmold from pan onto a cookie sheet or large plate. It can be served hot or cold.
A garden for all seasons of the year
A goal for the garden should be to have something that produces in all seasons of the year, a garden in production whatever the season. There are enough varieties of fresh and cold vegetables that can expand the garden in every season with a harvest every month of the year. A garden that will look full of life all year round.
Peat moss is important for cooler temperatures
When sowing or planting cool, fresh vegetables such as Siberian kale, collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, mustard and mixed greens, turnips, onion sets, lettuce and radishes. Always apply layers of peat moss to the top and bottom of seeds and plants before packing the soil into the furrow.
Use organic plant foods on vegetables in cool weather
Applying organic plant and vegetable food to fresh, cold vegetables will promote a healthy harvest in fall and winter. Organic foods such as Plant-Tone, Garden-Tone, Alaskan Fish Emulsion and Doctor Earth Plant Foods. These are finely textured and absorb quickly into soil and food during winter extremes.
Make a colorful pumpkin centerpiece
A real pumpkin with floral decor in its center will add color to any dining table. Buy a medium-sized, round, orange pumpkin. Cut the top and remove the seeds as if you were preparing a pumpkin. Place a potted mummy in the pumpkin, place a small towel in the bottom of the pumpkin, and water lightly weekly. You can also use an orange plastic pumpkin and a small potted mummy.
Indian Corn Makes Great Harvest Decorations
Indian or ornamental corn is available in maroon, maroon, burgundy, gold and tan colors. It can be purchased in bunches or individual cobs in most supermarkets and produce markets. It can be used to decorate fireplaces and dining tables. It makes a great decor simply by placing it in a decorative bowl.
Hoe hoe hoe
-“Messy sum”- A father was talking to the young man who was dating his daughter about his finances. “What will your annual income be? asked the father. “Fifty thousand,” replied the young man. “It’s not too shabby. And if you add my daughter’s forty thousand, it will be a comfortable income. “Oh, I counted him in the fifty thousand” said the young man.
-“Let’s make a deal”- A pastor was trying to find a deal for a lower price on repairs to his vehicle. “Remember the pastor pleaded, ‘I’m a poor preacher. “I know,” said the mechanic. I was in your church last Sunday.
Night of the “Full Moon of the Hunters”
Sunday, October 9 will be the night the full hunter moon shines on the fields and harvested woods with an orange glow. It will rise at 4:55 p.m. just before dark, and as night falls it will cast a glow of cool autumn air over the wings that will make the hunter moon even brighter and fuller. Enjoy this beautiful moon shining all night long through the bedroom window. We remember coon hunting under a bright huntsman moon in Northampton County when we were children.