September 14, 2001

Meetings of Interest

Listed below are meetings that may be of interest to HHPN readers. These programs offer the Commercial Pesticide Applicator the opportunity to fulfill their continuing instruction requirement for the year 2001.

Fall Care of the Poinsettia

While it's still officially summer, it's time for home gardeners to begin preparing for the Christmas holidays. Poinsettias which have been saved from previous holidays and grown outdoors through the summer should be brought indoors in mid- September. Poinsettias are short-day plants. Short-day plants grow vegetatively during the long days of summer and produce flowers when days become shorter in the fall. In order for poinsettias to flower for Christmas, they must receive complete darkness from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Harvesting and Storing Pumpkins and Winter Squash

Pumpkins are one of the fun crops in the vegetable garden. Pumpkins make delicious pies and other desserts. The fruit can also be painted, carved into jack-o'-lanterns, and used in fall decorations. Winter squash (acorn, butternut, hubbard, etc.) can be steamed, baked, or broiled.