Autumn is here

Autumn is here

As the days have grown shorter, I’ve started my annual clearing of beds and harvesting squash.  It’s always rather exciting to see what has grown under the vines that, by October, have  taken over my plot.    I plant a range of squash each year, but am never sure what I will successfully grow.  There is always a surprise hidden under the trailling vines. This year it was monster butternut squash (I thought I had planted green skinned Crown Prince Squash….).

Growing pumpkins has become an enduring symbol of autumn, whether they end up as jack-o’-lanterns, made into soup or roasted with oil and seasoning.  Pumpkins and other members of the squash family not only looks good but are full of vitamins and minerals.

The secret to growing squash is to provide them with lots of moist, compost-enriched soil, and plenty of sun.

But the real joy of squash is being able to eat them.  There are thousands of recipes on the internet for how to cook squash, here is one I’m fond of from www.LaaLoosh.com.

Spicy Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges

Spicy Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges

 

You can see pictures of our allotment site showing it’s autumn colours on our facebook page.

 

 

 

 

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