Friday, October 30, 2009

This week's Food Friday - Hearty Pumpkin Stew:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

It's not too late to buy a pumpkin for Halloween - check out these different varieties:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What's growing around the Bluegrass? Amur Honeysuckle is aggressively invasive:

Monday, October 26, 2009

Evolving Halloween Traditions

(Photo copyright Halloween Addict)

The Halloween season is upon us and there are many superstitions and symbols connected with this holiday, many coming from the home garden. The Irish have a legend about Jack-o-lanterns telling of a man named Jack who couldn’t enter heaven because he was in so much misery. He was also afraid to enter hell because of all the jokes he had played on the devil. So, Jack was sentenced to wander the earth with a lantern until Judgment Day. Jack’s lantern was a hollowed-out turnip stuffed with coal.

The ancient Druids of Britain believed that on Halloween night, ghosts, spirits, faeries, witches and elves came out to harm every day people. They thought cats were sacred and had once been humans, turned into cats as punishment for evil deeds. This Druid belief is the basis for modern-day witches, ghosts and cats at Halloween. People began dressing as these creatures, using dyes made from vegetables and fruit to turn their faces into grotesque monsters.

The Druids also had an autumn festival called Samhain, or summer’s end. This holiday is still practiced by the Wiccan religion and pagans today. It is a time of feasting on all kinds of food that has been grown in the garden throughout the season. The custom of using leaves, pumpkins and cornstalks as Halloween decorations also comes from the Druids.

In the United States, Halloween was not a significant holiday until the 1800s arrival of Irish and Scottish immigrants. Halloween celebrations began to take on a modern form as Americans replaced the Irish turnips with pumpkins for making Jack-o-lanterns. The practice of “souling” – visiting homes and offering prayers for the dead in return for gifts of food – was replaced with trick-or-treating and Halloween parties.
Many Halloween traditions started in the garden:

Friday, October 23, 2009

While fall pears are in season, try out this yummy Country Pear Cobbler:

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kentucky pears are ripening all over the Bluegrass:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fall care of ornamental grasses:

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pumpkin bread also makes a great holiday gift:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Learn how to save pumpkin seeds to plant for next year:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What's blooming around the Bluegrass - Oriental Bittersweet:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Upcoming events at the Lexington Arboretum:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Preparing perennials and biennials for winter:

Friday, October 9, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Check out what's happening at the Salato Wildlife Refuge in Frankfort, Kentucky:
There is still plenty to do in the garden - now is the best time to prepare for fall:

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Check out my newest article on Chrysanthemums -

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Check out this great article on storing fall vegetables and fruit -