There's a Chill In the Air and the Leaves Are Turning

| 9/15/2014 11:18:00 AM

There’s a definite chill in the air around Bellville! The last two mornings, the temperature has been in the mid 40s with a “wind chill” of 38 degrees!

I noticed that the maple trees are beginning to put on their fall colors. It won’t be long and we’ll have to fire up the outdoor wood furnace. This photo is from last fall but it won't be long before the trees will be in their fall finest.


Sadly, the garden is just about finished. I did a second planting of beans, but with the temperatures so low at night, I doubt if they’ll have time to do anything.

I’ve been gathering herbs and drying them for winter use. I also freeze some of the dill. I discovered that putting the herbs like parsley, rosemary and thyme on a paper towel on the glass turntable in the microwave and putting it on “high” for 2 to 3 minutes dries them perfectly. I let them set on the counter for about an hour to be sure they’re completely dry and cool then put them in labeled plastic bags to use later.

Freezing some of the dill makes it perfect for using in ranch-style salad dressing and in sour cream. I also use it like fresh in an old recipe from my grandmother. It’s like a creamed squash. I use zucchini or summer squash. It’s one of those recipes that my grandmother verbally told me; there are no quantities! It’s creamy when it’s done and just a sprinkle of paprika adds a little color to the squash. I add about 1/4 cup sour cream.

9/16/2014 8:32:28 AM

Ginnie, I am seeing the early stages of the pending frosty days here as well. Everything seems to be a month ahead of normal fall weather. I catch my grass when I mow the yard and use it for garden mulch. I've noticed leaves in the grass mixture the last three mowing times. That shouldn't be happening just yet. So I'm thinking that the Farmer's Almanac of bitter cold and wet winter just might be on track for my area. ***** Wild turkeys abound here as well. Up until a few years ago the turkey population was almost unheard of in my city. Then a few flocks here and there were a novelty that would stop traffic to watch as they ambled across the road. Now flocks of turkeys are every where in the city. At Terra Nova Gardens, one of my urban gardens, a flock of turkeys scour the garden every day. They don't seem to bother the produce and are only interested in the bugs. It's a great natural way for bug control. In the three years of gardening there not once have I ever been bothered with bugs. Nice. ***** Have a great heading into chilly fall day.

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