Fall is For Fun in the Garden
Newsletter 31 – Thursday, October 14, 2010
Fall is the Time for Fun in the Garden
Whether its jumping in piles of freshly fallen leaves, carving pumpkins or cutting bouquets of the last blossoms of the year, the garden offers so many fun fall activities. In the hustle and bustle of daily life its easy to miss some of these wonderful times. We encourage you to take some time for yourself. Wander through your yard stopping often to see what nature has for you to see and do. This winter when you look out at the white world, youll have great memories to warm you.
This weeks jokes all refer to book titles & authors names.
I Lost My Balance
by Eileen Dover and Phil Down
Late Season Mums
Are always the biggest and brightest of them all. Americas Best has several of these late varieties available to bring beauty and color to your landscape. To go along with your mums, our staff have created some fun fall color bowls with flowering cabbage and kale, Swiss chard, pansies, violas, alyssum, snapdragons and more.
|3 or more||only 7.99 ea|
|35% off Fall Bulbs|
| Plant fall bulbs for early spring color|
anytime until the ground freezes
|Pansies and Violas – 3/$1.00|
|includes Flowering Kale & Cabbage|
|50% off all Perennials, Trees and Shrubs|
By I. Rhoda Camel
Well over 200 scarecrows decorate the landscapes in DaneCounty. We know because they were built here. We want to thank all of you who came out and participated in our annual workshop. If you missed it, mark your calendars now for the last week of September and first two weeks of October, 2011. You can share in the fun by browsing the many pictures of scarecrow-making we have to share.
I Was a Cloakroom Attendant
By Mahatma Coate
Just a reminder even though its getting late in the season, its important to keep watering, especially trees, shrubs and perennials planted this year. One of the main reasons plants dont make it through the winter is because they were too dry when the soil froze. The one inch per week rule remains in effect. If we dont receive that much rain, please give your plants a drink. Theyll be so glad you did.
By Xavier Breath
Spray Away Pests
Two weeks ago I talked about preparing to bring your plants inside. On this subject, there is another product I would like to mention. Earth-tones Horticultural Oil is a quick, easy and organic way to spray away any pests that might be lurking on your plants. The hose-end bottle attaches quickly to your garden hose making short work of the project. Horticultural Oil controls aphids, mealy bugs, mites, powdery mildew, scale, and whitefly, as well as many other immature plant bugs and pests.
By Marcus Absent
Cat Bowling Returns
Cat Bowling is the all-time favorite computer game weve ever shared. If youve never done it, be prepared to have a great time; if youve played before, well, I dont need to tell you how fun it is. Enjoy!
Irish Heart Surgery
By Angie OPlasty
The Lion Attacked
By Claude Yarmoff
Curried Cider-Pork Stew
- 2 lb. boneless pork shoulder
- 4 medium red or green tart cooking apples
- 1 T cooking oil
- 1 large onion, cut into thin wedges
- 2 t curry powder
- 1 14 oz. can chicken broth
- 2/3 cup apple cider or apple juice
- ¼ t salt
- Ground black pepper to taste
- Cayenne pepper to taste, optional
- 12 oz. peeled baby carrots
- 2 stalks celery, sliced
- 1 1 ½ lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed (2 cups)
- Sour cream, shredded orange peel, snipped fresh oregano, and/or freshly ground pepper (optional)
Trim fat from pork; cut in 1 cubes. Peel, core, and chop 2 apples, set aside. In a 4-qt. Dutch oven, brown pork, half at a time, in hot oil; return all pork to pan. Add chopped apples, onion and curry powder; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add broth, cider, salt and pepper. Bring to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add carrots and celery to pork mixture; return to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cut remaining apples into ¼ thick wedges. Add apples and squash to pan. Cover and cook 10-12 minutes or until pork and vegetables are tender. Serve with sour cream, orange peel, oregano and pepper. Makes 8 servings.
- 5 oz. can evaporated milk
- 2 ½ cups sugar
- 15 oz. can pumpkin, divided
- 1 t cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- 7 oz. jar marshmallow crème
- 2 T butter
- 6 oz. pkg. white chocolate chips
- 1 t vanilla
Bring milk and sugar to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon. Mix in ¾ of the can of pumpkin, reserving the rest for another recipe; stir in spice. Return to a boil; add marshmallow crème and butter and bring to a rolling boil. Boil stirring often, for 18 minutes. Remove from heat. Add white chocolate chips and vanilla; stir until creamy. Line a 9X9 baking pan with plastic wrap; pour mixture into prepared pan and let cool. Cut into squares.
There is no substitute for REAL vanilla. Imitation vanilla just doesnt cut it. On that note, I also want to encourage you to always use quality cinnamon. It is well worth the cost for both of these items.
Red-Hot Cinnamon Popcorn
- 1 c butter
- ½ c corn syrup
- ½ t salt
- 8 oz. pkg. red cinnamon candies
- 32 cups popped popcorn
Place butter, corn syrup, salt and candies in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 5 minutes; stir constantly. Pour over popcorn; mix until well coated. Spread popcorn on a greased aluminum foil-lined baking sheet; bake at 250° for 15 minutes. Cool; store in an airtight container. Makes 32 servings.
A Few More, If you can stand it
By Wade Ago
Things to Do at a Party
By Bob Frapples
The Art of Archery
By Beau N Arrow
By Hugo First