How to Decorate a Pumpkin With Vegetables

There are many create ways to decorate your Halloween pumpkin. Many are carved and painted. Some are carved out and used as bowls. And a pumpkin used as a floral centerpiece has a beauty that is difficult to beat.

So why not create a real focal point and decorate your pumpkin with vegetables? After all Pumpkins are vegetables; why not embellish them with more of the same?

You can create one of a kind Halloween faces by adding carrot noses and olive eyeballs. Hold a family or neighborhood competition to see who can come up with the scariest, prettiest, friendliest or ugly pumpkin. These pumpkins can be used for outdoor décor or at a party.

Creative decorating for your pumpkin

Select a pumpkin of any size or shape. I find for a pumpkin vegetable face am odd shape makes a funnier more unique face.

Gather long-lasting vegetables from your garden or grocery store. Broccoli, carrots, cabbage, celery, chili peppers, garlic, green beans, ornamental gourds, peas or small squash are good selections.

Attach the various vegetable features to the pumpkin by sticking toothpicks into the pumpkin where you think the eyes, nose, mouth, ears or hair should be.

Leave part of the toothpick sticking out of the pumpkin skin. These toothpicks will hold you vegetables in place.

Next you will want to start placing vegetables on the toothpicks for your facial features.

Cucumbers on the toothpicks will make good eyes.

Green beans create eyebrows. If you find curved beans you can create an eyebrow arch. Straight beans placed at an angle will give your eyebrows an angry look.

Cut celery into C shapes to use as eyebrows or tiny ears.

Attach a carrot or squash for a nose, red chili peppers for lips, and some peas for teeth.

Give your pumpkin a one of a kind hairdo by unfolding several leaves from a head of cabbage. Make unruly locks by attaching Japanese long beans, several at a time, with the same toothpick. And if you have ornamental corn, use some of the dried husks for a wild look.

Each vegetable pumpkin will have its own look. You may also use paint to add more detail to the face.

Most of all have fun!

Planning uses for your Gourd Crop

As gardens wind down for this year the gardeners who grew gourds are looking at their crops and planning what to do with their harvest.

The small ornamental gourds can be used for fall holiday decorating or dried and used for crafting. And the larger gourds will take anywhere from four months to a year to cure or dry.

There are so many uses for the dried gourd. One of the most popular uses is the bottleneck birdhouse. Birds love gourds for homes as long as a very small hole is cut for entry and to keep out predators. And the Purple Martin looks for gourds as housing. Many farms and gardeners raise these gourds for the purple martins.

The numbers of different shapes gourds can grow into are what make this fruit so versatile. You can easily make pots, plant hangers, bowls, masks and musical instruments. The gourd wood can be carved or painted and makes a beautiful accent in any room.

And many creative people carve, paint and assemble them to create even more works of art. I have used jewelry and beads on my gourds along with carving them for a unique artistic look.

Gourds have been a favorite of mine for years. Between their uses and beauty in the gardens they are a “must have” in my gardens.

So even now, as the gardens are dying down, I am looking up new gourd varieties and looking for gourd varieties I have not grown before.

The Gardeners Rake  Gourd growing tips:

  • Check the growing season you have. You may have to start your gourd seeds indoors.
  • Plant flowers near your gourds to help with pollination.
  • Make sure your gourd trellises are very secure. Gourds weigh a lot.
  • If your growing a gourd for size remove all the fruit but one from a vine and clip the ends of the vine so that all growth goes to the gourd.
  • Grow a radish and let it go to seed by the gourd. You will not have squash bugs if you use this old fashioned gardening tip.
  • Use plenty of manure or compost on your gourd plants.
  • Be prepared for the large gourds, like a bushel gourd, to be so heavy you need a wagon to move them after harvest.
  • Talk with your gourd gardening friends and make plans for trading gourd seeds.

Landscape Boundaries And Partitions for the garden areas

Shrubs are used in four broad ways:

1.  For boundaries.

2.  For partitions and backgrounds

3.  For specimens and

4.  For foundation plantings.

    We have discussed these uses of shrubs and the characteristics demanded by each use. Even at the risk of repetition, further discussion with the particular plans in mind may be helpful.

    Boundaries

    Boundary plantings are used to give privacy and to screen from view any unsightly objects beyond. Also, they tie the whole garden together to give unity, and they act as a background and frame for the garden displays.

    Boundary plants need to be dense enough and high enough to shut off the view, with some variety in height to make the skyline interesting. Sometimes it is a good idea to leave gaps in the planting, to show desirable views beyond the boundaries.

    As mass effect is desired, plant shrubs in groups of one variety rather than single plants of many sorts. Choose the shrubs for their rapid growth, spreading habit and mid-green foliage rather than for distinctive features. Wherever bloom occurs it should be in large enough masses to be effective at the distance from which it will be seen. Bloom, of course, is always attractive but in large gardens it is not as important in boundary plantings as in parts of the garden where it will be seen in more detail.

    On small city lots we cannot hope to attain complete privacy or to screen the view of all surrounding buildings. On some lots the boundary planting takes the form of a hedge, or a fence on which climbers are grown. On others it is made up of groups of shrubs that not only back up the bright displays of the garden but to a great extent form the displays themselves.

    Partitions and Backgrounds

    Plantings separating small lots are more like partitions than boundaries.

    The purpose of partitions, or background, plantings is to separate one garden area from another. Here, bloom and other distinctive features are important as the shrubs are close at hand and consequently are seen in detail.

    Keep in mind that partitions and backgrounds are seen in elevation, and in your plans arrange them so that they will be most pleasing at maturity. There will be points where you need boldness and increased height in the skyline. Here you should use “dominant” plants – small trees or large shrubs that have coarse foliage and a dense appearance whose height and texture makes them stand out above their fellows. These break the partition into sections or pictures. Usually the center of interest in each of these small pictures consists of low-growing plants, such as those that spread horizontally or have some other particularly attractive feature. These we call “interest” plants. They are backed up and flanked by “fillers,” average sorts of plants whose function is to enhance and connect the other two.

    In all good shrub grouping in informal gardens, harmony is the rule, contrast the exception. There should be harmony of form, and of color and texture of foliage, with strong contrast of form and texture used only at strategic points. Foliage color should blend gradually with the bright, warm greens near at hand and dark greens, blue-greens and gray-greens farther away. This gives the impression of added distance.

    Texture, too, may be used to create illusions of distance or to emphasize certain points. Large foliage and coarse twigs like the bamboo palm plant are seen more clearly than fine foliage and twigs and, consequently, seem to be closer. For this reason large shrubs and palm plant of coarse texture make large spaces seem smaller. Similarly, a coarse shrub at the front of a border of fine-textured shrubs stands out very distinctly, and fine shrubs backed by coarser ones appear flat.

    Specimens

    Shrubs used as specimens, or accent points, in the garden lend emphasis to particular features of the design.

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    Easily Grow Your Herbs Indoors

    Guest writer: Palti Shipard

    Herbs are the leaves and flowers of low-growing woody plants that do not have a trunk, that have stems growing from the base. Examples of herbs are licorice, parsley, chives, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, dill and celery.

    Herbs can be used for a wide range of purposes ranging from culinary, medicinal, perfumery and other needs. Many herbs grow low and are aromatic, which can be dried or used to flavor foods. It depends on what you want to use the herbs for which ones you grow.

    Herbs are useful in many ways. They enhance the flavors of foods and improve health. Using herbs in cooking can add flavor and aromas and make food much more interesting. There are lots of herbs that are easy to grow and look great when grown in the home and they can make your cuisine taste really good. They have the added benefit of providing fresh air inside the house.

    There are culinary herbs meant for cooking, and medical herbs. Ornamental herbs look good and also they are useful, they can provide you home with a nice looking effect. Here are some examples of herbs you can grow indoors.

    Licorice is a blue-flowering plant, which looks like a pea vine. It is easy to grow indoors and looks good too. Licorice is used in many traditional medical herb formulas in many cultures because it covers up the taste of other herbs.

    You may use the entire root with skin or peeled, to naturally sweeten foods. You don’t need to use much. It can be used to add flavor to teas. Many herbal teas sweeten and flavor their formulas with licorice.

    Oregano is a perennial herb with dark green, wide leaves in opposite pairs, and pretty pink, purple or white flowers. Oregano can be found growing wild on the mountains of Greece and the Mediterranean. The herb prefers partial shade as its leaves can be burned by the full sun.

    It is easy to propagate Oregano and this can be done by seeding, cuttings and root division. For seeds, sow them in boxes and cover the seeds with only a light layer of soil. Frequent pruning can encourage stronger and more expansion. Oregano is really easy to propagate, the plant will send out runners when mature. Roots grow out from these shoots. Oregano grows well as a container plant. Oregano has a vital place in Mediterranean cooking and can be employed in many dishes.

    Anise Hyssop is an evergreen, whose silver green leaves release a superb liquorice aniseed fragrance. The rich violet blue colored flowers are loved by bees and butterflies. The fresh or dried leaves can be used in tea or crumble the tangy flowers over fruit salad. Anise hyssop is easy to grown from seed. Established anise hyssop will produce plenty of plants for you to share, they are very simple to grow by root division.

    Some other herbs you can grow inside include lavender, borage, bergamot and calendula. All these herbs have colorful flowers. Indoor herbs will make your rooms smell and look beautiful, many herbs are pretty and extremely fragrant. Your indoor herb garden will provide you with color, lush foliage, and a wide variety of flowers. You can also use fresh or dried herbs and mix them with products like soap, shampoo, lotion and oil.

    for more information on herbs visit Years to your Health.com or Eat More Herbs.

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