Fall is For Fun in the Garden

Newsletter 31 – Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fall is the Time for Fun in the Garden

Whether it’s 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 it’s 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, you’ll have great memories to warm you.

This week’s jokes all refer to book titles & author’s names.

I Lost My Balance
by Eileen Dover and Phil Down

Late Season Mums

Fun Fall Color Bowls

Are always the biggest and brightest of them all.  America’s 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. 

Mums   9.99 ea
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

Desert Crossing
By I. Rhoda Camel

Scarecrow Recap

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

Keep Watering

Just a reminder – even though it’s getting late in the season, it’s important to keep watering, especially trees, shrubs and perennials planted this year.  One of the main reasons plants don’t 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 don’t receive that much rain, please give your plants a drink.  They’ll be so glad you did.

Stop Arguing
By Xavier Breath

Spray Away Pests

Espoma Earth Tone Horticultural Oil (for bug control)

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-tone’s 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.

School Truancy
By Marcus Absent

Cat Bowling Returns

Cat Bowling is the all-time favorite computer game we’ve ever shared.  If you’ve never done it, be prepared to have a great time; if you’ve played before, well, I don’t need to tell you how fun it is.  Enjoy!

Irish Heart Surgery
By Angie O’Plasty

The Lion Attacked
By Claude Yarmoff

Bonnie’s Kitchen

I made this last year and truly enjoyed it, but misplaced the recipe. Luckily, yesterday it was sent in an email to me from Better Homes and Gardens. I’m pretty sure it’s the exact same recipe.

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.

Pumpkin Fudge

Pumpkin Fudge A terrific fall treat!
  • 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 9”X9” 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 doesn’t 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

Red-Hot Cinnamon Popcorn From Goose-Berry Patch “Taste of Autumn” cookbook. This is a great treat to bag up and take to the classroom, or soccer games etc. If serving at home or a party, have a scoop and lunch-size brown paper bags on hand so guests can serve themselves.
  • 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

Positive Reinforcement
By Wade Ago

Things to Do at a Party
By Bob Frapples

The Art of Archery
By Beau N Arrow

Mountain Climbing
By Hugo First

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