An Experiment in Winter Gardening: End of September

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So I am super excited to say, the weather finally took a turn for the better around here!! We have been enjoying unusually warm weather, in the mid 70s, and sunny skies.  Which is just what I needed for some seed germination.  Now I have a mass of seedlings going on…time for some thinning out!  I have a confession about thinning: like most people, I find it very hard to pull out the cute little seedlings and seemingly perfect plants!  Why waste them and throw them in the garbage?! Trust me friends, just do it.  As much as it may pain you now, you will be even more depressed when all of your plants look like little string beans reaching for the light and competing with each other for nutrients.  Then you won’t have ANY kale! OMG! Just thin now and avoid this horrible conundrum.

Side note- if you wait for your seedlings to get a little larger you can use them as micro greens in a yummy salad!!!

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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To celebrate the beginning of fall, I wanted to share a how-to on making your own pumpkin puree.  Sure the canned stuff will get the job done, but its just not the same as making it from scratch.  Also, going to the farmers market to get fresh, local pumpkins is just more fun!

 

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When picking out your pumpkins, make sure you buy a variety of pie pumpkin.  You don’t want to just go buy the largest jack-o-lantern pumpkin you can find…been there, done that. Long story short, it doesn’t end well haha!  Carving pumpkins aren’t meant to be cooked and when you do they turn out very stringy and icky.

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Freezer Secrets – Zucchini

You know that time of the year when everyone and their brother is trying to give away zucchini and everyone is sick of eating it?  Zucchini plants are fun like that; so over productive that people can’t eat it fast enough.  When you have had your fill of zucchini bread and fried zucchini, bust out your food processor and shred away! Believe it or not, there will be a point in the dead of winter that you crave a slice of fresh zucchini bread or a recipe calls for zucchini and the ones in the grocery store look disgusting.  This is when you reach in that freezer and smile because you were prepared!!

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