A look into the history of the local bookstore

A look into the history of the local bookstore

Some Pre-Autumn Weather Traditions

Knowledge of the weather before autumn

With fall less than two weeks away, it’s time to wake up a bit of the pre-fall weather lore to fuel the change of seasons. When the hawk flies high we can expect a Carolina blue sky, but when the hawk flies low we can expect a strike. There are all kinds of hawks around the garden plot, the wily chicken hawk being the most common. When it flies low, it can be a serious blow to birds. His activity ceases and all is silent. The birds have a weapon that is communication between them and they also perform a disappearing act when the hawk flies low. After all the birds settle into their hiding places, several sentinels will gather and scare the hawk away in mid-flight. After the danger, the birds return to their activity and song. It’s amazing how docile they seem when a hawk is flying low. They go into “fly and hide” mode when the hawk is foraging for food. They always have to be one step ahead of the swooping chicken hawk.

Preparing for the long journey south

Hummingbirds are busy at the feeders as fall prepares for its arrival. They are on a mission as they arrive early at the feeders and visit often until sunset. Keep enough nectar in the feeders to make them feel right at home as summer annuals continue to dwindle and a cool nip pervades the twilight air. Your nectar feeder will increase your source of nutrition. Hummingbirds should be in our area until around the first week of October. That is when the cool temperatures will indicate that your trip to winter in Mexico is imminent. Their long journey will take them across the Gulf of Mexico.

Broccoli performs best in winter

Broccoli can be grown in the garden in both early spring and fall. Broccoli does much better during the fall season because during the cooler temperatures there are no cabbage butterflies to lay eggs and hatch larvae and virtually zero insect pests. The heads last a long season and do not go to seed until late spring, ensuring a longer and more productive harvest.

Varieties that produce multiple buds over a long season, such as Blue Comet, Premium Crop, Raab, Packman, De Cicco, and Lieutenant. Johnny’s Select Seeds has excellent broccoli varieties that do well in winter production, such as Arcadia, Marathon, and Eastern Magic. You can order a catalog from them at Johnny’s Select Seeds, 955 Benton Avenue, Winslow, Maine 04901-2601. Johnny’s catalog has one of the largest selections of vegetables in the country, as well as herbs and bee balm seeds. Space broccoli plants about three feet apart for winter production. Keep the heads and shoots neatly harvested and they will continue to produce until early spring.

Mom season is with us

These colorful blooms are showing up at nurseries, hardware stores, garden centers, Home Depot, Lowe’s Home Improvements, Ace Hardware, and Walmart. Mums will withstand the harshness of winter with some protection, such as keeping them on the back porch away from cold northerly winds and covering them with a towel or cloth on frosty nights. Remove the cloth when the temperature rises above freezing. Chrysanthemums come in yellow, white, brown, maroon, pink, and wine colors. Feed them once a month with Flower-Tone Organic Flower Food. Water them sparingly to prevent the middle of the container from freezing. Keep them toward the back of the porch all winter to protect them from cold and sub-zero temperatures.

The first pie pumpkins are appearing.

Cooking and canning pumpkins are now showing up in produce and fruit markets and can be purchased for pumpkin pies or canned to make pumpkin pies or desserts all year long. Home-canned pumpkin is much better than store-bought canned pumpkin because commercially canned pumpkin has more water and doesn’t have enough flavor, and it lacks texture.

Here’s how to make the best canned pumpkin for pies and recipes. Select pumpkins that are not round (these are strictly for decoration and pumpkins). Buy gourds that are oblong or watermelon-shaped and may be very light orange, beige, or tan in color, but will be dark yellow or orange inside. Cut the pumpkins in half and remove the seeds. Slice the squash and peel each slice and cut into 1-inch pieces. Place the pieces in a canner and cover with water and boil until tender. Drain all the water from the cooked squash. Run the squash through the blender on grid mode or mash the squash with a potato masher. Pour grated or pureed squash into sterilized pint jars, draining excess water. Process in a pressure cooker at ten pounds of pressure for fifty minutes. A pint of this pumpkin will make two pies.

Plenty of time to place spring bulbs

It’s not too early to think about spring 2023 and start shopping for hyacinth, jonquil, daffodil, crocus, tulip and daffodil bulbs. Most hardware stores, nurseries, garden centers, Home Depots, Ace Hardware, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Walmart stock light bulbs. They also have bone meal and bulb booster to help get the bulbs off to a good start. Buy bulbs that are in individual containers or mesh bags so you can check for rot or mold. Bulbs can be planted from now until before the ground freezes.

When to expect the first autumn frost?

With fall less than two weeks away, when do you expect the first fall frost? The chances of us seeing an early frost are rare, in fact most of our first frosts occur the week before Halloween, although October 15th is the date a frost is possible. The first frost is usually just a dusting, but not a death freeze that occurs around the first of November.

The September front porch is comfortable.

Four o’clock is still in full bloom. The crows are making their noise, as well as the crickets and hummingbirds are still in the zoom. The midsummer roses are still in bloom and the zinnias are in their late summer. The porch is comfortable when the sun begins to set and produces the colors that will end in a sunset pattern. There’s a new season just beyond that horizon premiering in less than two weeks.

The first of the autumn leaves turning

There is a red tint to the dogwood leaves and some yellow to the maples and some leaves are already falling. Since the leaves will soon cover the lawn, remember that they are ingredients for compost, mulch and a blanket for cool-weather vegetable crops, and to protect rose bushes and azaleas during the cold winter. Never burn the leaves or let the wind blow them away, but put them to good use.

Making a Four Layer Dirt Dessert

This is an easy no-bake dessert that you can whip up in just a few minutes. You will need one package of chocolate Oreo cookies, two three-ounce boxes of Jello instant chocolate pudding mix, one 10x cup of confectioners’ sugar, one eight-ounce package of cream cheese, two eight-ounce containers of Cool Whip, one bar of light margarine. For the first layer: In a 13x9x2-inch baking dish, break up the cookies and place them in the bottom of the dish. Melt the light stick margarine and pour over the cookies.

For the second layer: Mix together the 10x sugar, one of the boxes of Cool Whip, and the eight-ounce package of cream cheese (softened). Mix everything together in a bowl and let it sit until you mix the third layer and then spread this second layer on top of the cookies.

For the third layer: Mix the two boxes of instant chocolate pudding with two cups of milk and allow to thicken. Spread over the second layer.

For the fourth layer: Spread the other tub of Cool Whip over the top of the chocolate pudding layer and run about eight Oreos through the blender on “grate” mode and sprinkle over the top of the Cool Whip.

September is the time to plant perennials, evergreens.

September provides the best time of the year to plant evergreens and evergreens because the days are getting colder and the root systems of evergreens and evergreens can become established through the winter. They will suffer less transplant shock because perennials and evergreens are very cold hardy. We like perennial bee balm, columbine, bugle weed, creeping phlox, coral bells, diantus, creeping jenny, and thrift. Planting in September will give them a good start and you can enjoy the green in winter for many years.

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Two frogs were sitting on a log by the bank of the stream. One of them leaned towards the other and said, “Time is fun when you have flies.”

Two desserts. Mom: “Today we are going to have two desserts and you can choose between good or bad.” Johnny: “What?

Do you mean that? Mom: “Angel food and devil food!”

The brilliant night of Full Harvest Moon

The brightest full moon of the year will rise on the night of Saturday, September 10. If the night is cool, this moon will be a brilliant silvery moon and will shine over cornfields full of feed corn ready for harvest. It will shed its light on the trees that are not far from shedding their leaves. Watch for this moon each night before you go to bed as you navigate through the night. Think of farmers of the past harvesting under the full moon or Bill Monroe or Eddy Amold singing the “Kentucky Waltz”: Us they were dancing alone in Kentucky under the beautiful harvest moon. When he was a boy in Kentucky, it all ended too soon. I see your face in the moonlight and I long once more to see your face and the beautiful Kentucky waltz.

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