Good morning everyone,

Warm weather is still with us and we are certainly enjoying these beautiful autumn days.

In looking out over the countryside we see the trees are beginning to be quite colorful. Here and there are some bright orange ones, but there are still quite a few that are green. The Spruce/Cedar tree outside my living room window is at its peak — a mixture of golden brown and green.

More of the garden is being cleaned out and we sowed oats in the bare spots for a fall cover. Hopefully that will grow instead of chickweed and purslane. The petunias and the dahlias are still pretty. Dahlias make a nice bouquet when cut and brought inside.

The farmers are taking advantage of the warm, sunny days and some are making 4th cutting hay.

Following is a recipe a friend/customer gave me to make a deer repellent. If you have problems with deer eating your plants, you may want to try this :

· 6 eggs

· 4 hot peppers (or enough to make it really hot)

· 6-12 cloves garlic (enough to make it stink)

· 5 cups warm water

Put it all in a blender and liquefy it. Pour into an old milk jug. Set it outside in the sun for a couple days to let it cook and really get stinky and hot. Strain it well if you want to use it in a sprayer. You can also pour it on and/or around the plants directly from the jug.

Now for a recipe for the fall season that humans like to eat 🙂 :

· 1 cup pumpkin pulp

· 2 eggs

· 1/2 tablespoon flour

· 1 cup brown sugar

· 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

· 1/4 teaspoon cloves

· 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

· 1/4 teaspoon salt

· 1 1/4 cup milk

Mix flour, sugar, salt & spices together and set aside. Scald milk. Separate 1 egg & beat the white until stiff, then set aside. Beat the remaining egg & yolk in a large bowl. Stir in the pumpkin. Add the dry mixture, stir well. Pour in the hot milk, stir while pouring. Lightly beat in the egg white. Pour into an unbaked 9” pie shell. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Then reduce heat to 375° and bake until set. Enjoy!

“Small service is true service while it lasts;

Of friends, however humble, scorn not one;

The daisy, by the shadow that it casts,

Protects the lingering dew drop from the sun.”

-William Wordsworth

Have a good day!