squash, pumpkins and other gourds should be harvested before frost nips at
their skins. At harvest time, the skins
should be tough enough to withstand a poke from a fingernail.Pumpkins should be their ripe color, be it
orange or blue, or they will not last in storage.Carving the Halloween pumpkin also
shortens its life.
All should be harvested when the vines have turned
brown and shriveled. Cut them from the
vines with a knife or other sharp instrument.Be sure to leave two to four inches of stem on the squash, pumpkins, and
gourds.If the stem breaks off, they are
prone to rotting.
There are many recipes out there for using pumpkin
and winter squash.Try the Crustless
Pumpkin Cheesecake offered by Chef Linda Weiss in our newsletter this month.
Winter squash choices include:Spaghetti, Delicata, Sweet Dumpling,
Butternut, Acorn, and Hubbard.‘Bonbon’
is a 2005 AAS (All America Selections) winner.‘Sunshine’, a 2004 winner, resembles a deep orange pumpkin.
Gourds are grown for their ornamental or useful
appeal.Dipper and birdhouse gourds are
useful with just a little carving; turban and gooseneck gourds are ornamental
hanging in the garden and are fun to display after they are harvested.
Check out these websites for full information on
drying and preserving these underused vegetables:
While out this season planting bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and other spring-bloomers, put some aside and pot up a container or two. Gardeners who regularly pot up amaryllis or paperwhites for the holidays often don’t think to grow spring bulbs in pots that will bloom outdoors long after the indoor flowers are just a memory. It’s as quick and easy as potting up annuals.
Join fellow garden lovers, history buffs and music enthusiasts to discover the quaint towns and colorful gardens of Holland and Belgium in May of 2018.
This exciting journey will be hosted by nationally known host Eric Johnson, of Public Television's blockbuster show GardenSmart. Your river cruise begins in Amsterdam where you'll see works by Rembrandt and Van Gogh, Anne Frank's House, and see the city's most famous gardens. Then spend a full morning on the grounds of the most beautiful spring garden in the world-Keukenhof! Visit the picturesque Belgian towns of Bruges and Ghent as well as Kinderdijk, with the Netherlands' iconic collection of 19 authentic windmills that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, history buffs will experience a captivating tour of the WWI trenches of Flanders and WWII Arnhem Battlefield of A Bridge Too Far fame. You won't want to miss this extraordinary garden adventure to Holland and Belgium.
Book by November 15, 2017 and save up to $1200 dollars per person!
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