Acorns on mighty oaks begin their fall
Acorns on mighty oak trees echo loud and clear as they bounce off the roof of a neighbor’s outdoor garage. One wonders if the acorn harvest this fall will be bountiful. My Northampton County grandmother always said, “When the acorns in the fall cover the ground, in the winter the snow will be there.” ”
Another acorn legend says that when squirrels scurry around and store acorns, look for a winter of cold, ice, sleet, and lots of snow. A nicer fact about mighty oaks is that they grow in almost every state in America and that is why the oak is considered our national tree. Oaks have a long lifespan and some of them live for centuries. Many oaks do not produce their first acorns until they are 50 years old, while other varieties of oak, including northern red oak, chestnut oak, black oak, scarlet oak, pine oak, English oak, white oak, swamp oak, post oak and Bur Oak. No wonder the mighty oak is the national tree of the Americas.
Autumn 2021 has made its grand entrance
Fall has now officially arrived and the first harvest of fall leaves is already reaching the ground as the maples begin to unload their colorful leaves and more varieties will soon follow. Don’t let them fly away or get lost. Use the leaf blower, vacuum, or an old-fashioned rake to move them to the garden plot or compost pile or bin. Run the mower over some of these to use as mulch and to place them between rows or beds of fresh vegetables and around rows of turnips, broccoli and cabbage, as well as cabbage. Add crushed leaves to the compost and place a layer of crushed leaves around the azalea beds for winter protection.
Preparing the American balm for the winter
American Bee Balm will stand up to winter if you give it a little care and attention. As October approaches, water the balm well and nourish it with Flower-Tone organic flower food. In mid-October, cut the balm about 12 inches high. Fill the container to the brim with new potting soil and cover with a layer of peat moss for additional winter protection. Water lightly during the winter months. Keep balm on the back portion of the porch. Reserve a towel or cloth and cover the balm on frosty nights. During the day, when the sun is out and the temperatures are above freezing, remove the towel but replace it at night. Water lightly once a week.
Spicy Apple Breakfast Cake
It is called a “breakfast” cake, but can also be prepared for lunch and dinner. It’s a simple recipe with most of the ingredients already in your kitchen. You will need three and a half cups of regular flour, one and a half cups of sugar, two teaspoons of baking powder, three quarters of a teaspoon of salt, half a cup of Crisco shortening, two lightly beaten eggs, one cup and a quarter of milk, two and a half cups of peeled, cored and diced tart apples, boil in water until tender (and drained), two teaspoons of pie spice apples, three quarters of a cup of brown sugar, a stick of melted light margarine, a teaspoon of vanilla. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour and three tablespoons of sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the Crisco shortening, add the eggs and milk. Mix to make a soft dough. Spread the dough in a well greased 13 x 9 x 2 bowl, mix the rest of the sugar, the boiled cubed apples, the apple pie spices, the brown sugar, the vanilla, the melted margarine. Spread this mixture on the dough. Bake for half an hour or more if needed. Serve hot or cold. Ideal with ice cream or Cool Whip or simply.
Red, golden, green, yellow and pink apples available at roadside markets and supermarkets in County Surry
A trip down US Highway 52 from Mount Airy and Interstate 77 to the Virginia state border is a feast of colorful apples in boxes and bushel baskets of all sizes and colors. Take advantage of apple season and buy several colors and varieties. Apples will continue to be a staple with us from now on throughout the winter. Use them in recipes, salads, desserts and snacks. For a real treat, wash and seed an apple and fill the core area with Skippy peanut butter!
September is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs
The time to plant the spring flower bulbs has arrived. Spring flower bulbs appear at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Walmart, as well as hardware stores and nurseries. You can buy spring bulbs in individual or assorted colors, sold individually or in mesh bags. Spring bulbs include daffodils, daffodils, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, and tulips. Hyacinths come in white, pink, purple, red, cream, yellow, blue and lavender. Hyacinths are truly an early spring breath and scent and add one of the first bursts of color to the spring landscape. When purchasing spring flowering bulbs, purchase a bag of bone meal or bulb booster to start the bulbs. Prepare the bulb bed and apply a layer of peat moss and sprinkle with bone meal or bulb booster and cover with another layer of peat moss, add lots of good soil. Water once a week. At the beginning of October, apply a generous layer of crushed leaves on the bulb bed. Continue to water the bulbs lightly each week in October.
Continue to feed the purple turnips
The row or bed of turnips responds well to the cooler nights of late September. Dress the rows of turnips with Plant-Tone organic plant food and water the row or bed of turnips with the water lance in shower mode once a week if it is not raining.
Planting ornamental cabbage or kale
The kale and cabbage family in ornamental varieties add unusual hues of color to the porch in cooler weather. You can choose from yellow, wine, pink, purple, mint green, cream, pink, brown and lavender color combinations as well as light green and dark green shades. Place the cabbage towards the back of the porch away from cooler and colder temperatures later and protect it from freezing and freezing. Keep a few old rags or towels handy to cover them on very cold nights. Remove the towels the next day when the temperatures rise. Place only one cabbage per container. Feed once a month with Flower-Tone organic flower food. Water lightly every week.
Tips for buying spring bulbs
Here are some tips when buying hyacinth, daffodil, daffodil, crocus and tulip bulbs. Buy simple bulbs that you can see, feed, and touch for rotting, limp, or unhealthy bulbs. Do not buy bulbs in wrappers or paper bags that prevent you from seeing and inspecting the bulbs. The best bulbs are those in clear mesh bags that allow you to see, smell, and inspect actual bulbs. Another great way to buy spring bulbs is to select them individually from tubs.
Keep an eye out for the Christmas cactus
As we approach the end of September, the four Christmas cacti that have spent the spring and summer on the porch still have several weeks there before they move into the sunny living room where they will spend the winter. Before moving them indoors for the winter, we’ll add more cactus medium to fill the containers and apply an application of Flower-Tone organic flower food. The secret to flowers on the Christmas cactus is to spend spring and summer on the porch in a semi-sunny location.
Feed the hummingbirds in September
Hummingbirds still often visit feeders as summer annuals die off. Most hummers will be there until mid October. Keep feeders half full to avoid wastage and check them every other day. Their appetite and consumption will determine how much nectar to place in the feeders.
Porch air is easy to breathe
It’s a real therapy to breathe the cool, cool, autumnal, humidity-free breezes on the porch. Calm breezes blow the colorful leaves on the waiting lawn. The sound of crows in the distance and the leaves sliding gracefully across the floor make the porch a perfect spot for a fall afternoon.
Hoe hoe hoe
“Dig new rows.” A farmer robbed a bank and was sentenced to jail. He received a letter from his wife that said, “Here you are in prison, smoking state cigarettes, eating their food, and watching television while I’m home alone. Who is going to plow the fields so that I can plant the potatoes? The farmer replied by saying, “Don’t plow the field, this is where I buried the money. A few days later, she replied, “Someone needs to read your mail. The sheriff and his deputies came out yesterday and plowed the whole field. What should I do now? ”The farmer responded and said,“ Now you can plant the potatoes! ”
“Know the future.” Jackie: “My grandfather knew the exact day of the year and also the exact time he was going to die and he was right about both. Blackie: “Wow! It’s amazing, how could he know all this? Jackie: “The judge told him!
Read and write. Dad: “What did you learn in school today?” Girl: “They taught us to write. “Dad:” Wow! What did you learn to write? The girl. “I don’t know, we haven’t learned to read yet!