Tag: winter squash

Attributes of Fall

Fall is definitely on its way.  One of the attributes of fall is the various scents, from fallen leaves to baked apples to cooked pumpkin.  Or in the case of my garden, winter squash.  I started harvesting them several weeks ago.  They need to cure for 7 to 10 days before cooking, and tonight was the…

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Phase of the Summer

I’m always a little frustrated at this phase of summer.  In a few short weeks, my winter squash has gone from lush and productive to looking straggly.  Now the race is on to keep the vines alive long enough that the squash will ripen. It happens this way every summer.  One day it’s all looking…

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Easiest Way? Go Through

When you’re a beagle, what’s the easiest way to get from one side of the yard to the other?  You go through the garden.  Not around, not avoiding the squash vines, but right on through. I don’t think he’s causing any damage – at least no more than the heat is – but each time…

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Thanks for Air Conditioning

Like many other parts of the country, central Virginia has had lethally hot weather lately.  Friday, the heat index was 117 degrees before noon.  On Saturday, the actual temperature was one degree short of breaking a record.  The humidity is terrible also – visibility is hazy and the pollution count is high. I give thanks for…

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Pointless Gardening?

When we moved to Virginia in early 2008, we planned on staying for a while.  I hadn’t had a garden for years due to my hours and our moving so frequently.  The 2008 garden was a total failure – we threw seeds into the empty flower beds and hoped for the best.  We did learn…

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