It’s Pumpkin Season!

Crowded pumpkin field ready to harvest on a cloudy Autumn day

This large, orange fruit (yes- fruit!) is typically associated with autumn and the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays. Pumpkins always remind me of cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and time with family and friends. Not only are pumpkins a fall staple in the United States, but they are also full of nutrients and are being used as flavoring in more and more food products. Read more to find out how pumpkins are harvested and how you can use them in some of your favorite dishes this season!

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What is Permaculture?

Students studying details during permaculture workshop

According to one of its founders, Bill Mollison, permaculture is “a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”1 But what does that mean, precisely?

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And the Garden Grows On – GTTY October

Protected outdoor lettuce plants in October

Gardening Through the Year!

When we first moved here (early ’70’s), I believed that the gardening season was over when the weather turned cold.  Each year I tried new things to get a few more weeks of fresh produce.  I would like to share those experiments and some of what I have learned.  Also October is the “get ready for spring” month.  The weather is still pleasant to work outside and the organic matter for improving your garden is abundant.

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