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Posted: October 7th, 2011

October

Vegetable gardens are beginning to show their age with October, although I am surprised my tomatoes and hot peppers just keep coming. October is a good month to get a jump start on next spring. I’m going to experiment and plant potatoes (a small row) when the garlic is all planted. Every year in the spring, there are always volunteers (missed potatoes) which start to grow when the weather warms; some lettuces, kale and onions can also be planted and will make it through the winter for an extra early spring harvest. Think about the endangered pollinators and plan a bee friendly garden this October.

As if there wasn’t enough to get done before winter, think about building a brush pile. A brush pile provides a good habitat for many animals during the winter months. It is a fun family project to identify the different tracks in the snow or the type of birds which will use brush pile for shelter and protection. There is always some left over brush when cutting firewood.

More than a few wood stoves have been lit during the evenings when the temperatures cool down into the low forties and upper thirties. Remember ashes from the wood stove or fireplace can be good for both the yard and the garden, just be careful, fire departments have enough to do in the winter.

October is Fire Prevention Month. Be sure to check smoke alarms, chimneys and wood stoves, have an escape plan in place.

Enjoy the Columbus Day weekend, the weather looks like it will be great, warm and sunny. It could be a long time before we see a weekend like this. Some predictions are calling for a hard, snowy winter thanks to a strong La Nina.

History Note: John Brown lived in Crawford County from 1825 to 1835. He had a farm and a tannery in New Richmond, which was actually called Randolph back in his day. He was the first postmaster and also a land surveyor. It was on October 16th, 1859 that he and a group of 19 followers attacked Harpers Ferry.

 

Pomona Grange Scholarship Deadline Looms


 

The deadline for applications for the $500 Pomona Grange scholarship award are due November 1. The applications can be obtained from Susan Tau or Patty Lou Pardee. Applicants need to be enrolled in a four year college program or a technical school and must have completed at least one semester. Eligible candidates must be under 25 years of age, and be a good standing member of the Grange or be the child or grandchild of a family member in good standing.

The applicants are also requested to submit a brief statement on their educational goals. The award will be presented at the December 3 Pomona Grange meeting at Atlantic.

The Pomona Grange announced the winners of the Ag Hall of Fame Awards and the Ag Industry Award. Read more at Awards.

 

Canadohta Lake

The Canadohta Lake Art Society is sponsoring a winter clothing drive from now until Thanksgiving. The winter clothing will be distributed in Union City, the lake region and to local churches. Donations of slightly used (laundered) or new winter clothing, such as coats, hats, boots and gloves can be taken to the Canadohta Book Swap every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Book Swap is held at the Canadohta Laundromat located on Circuit Drive.

If the La Nina prediction is on target, winter clothing will really be needed.

Canadohta is particularly beautiful during October and this year there is no early draw down of the lake since the dam has now been completely repaired. Boaters will be able to keep boats at the docks until the first week of November.

 

 

 

Goodell Garden Fall Seminar

October 15, 9 a.m. – 12: 15 p.m., cost $15

Speakers – Richard Johnston, manager of Johnston’s Nursery- “Plants for the Winter Landscape

Gail Schultz, Gerlach’s Garden and Floral Center, “Fall Preparations for a Healthy Spring

Penn State Master Gardeners “Decorating with Nature’s Bounty

Also Featured Pumpkin Carving with Hank Rafferty

Bulb Sale and Silent Auction

Registration deadline is October 12, make checks payable to PSCE – Erie County and mail to:

Penn State Extension,850 East Gore Road, Erie, PA 16509-3734

 

Crawford County Conservation District:

5th Annual Fall Nature Hunt on Thursday, October 13 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Stainbrook Park Shelter #2. For more information and to register call 814-763-5269.

 

Hurry Hill Maple Syrup Museum

The Edinboro Historical Society will be at the museum throughout the month of October. Learn more local history and view some of our agricultural past. The museum is open every Sunday through November. Admission is free and there is an opportunity to purchase a real Maple Sundae as well as other maple products. For more information call 814-734-1358 or visit hurryhill.org

The museum is located at 11380 Fry Road in Edinboro.

 

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