Keeping the garden tidy requires a few deft moves with the right tools, and, time and again over the seasons, shrub rakes are... Read more »
Entire books have been written on the science of making compost, but it isn’t as hard as people think. In five easy steps, you... Read more »
Weeding, pruning, and raking all make a huge difference in the appearance of a garden, but, to finish the job, you have to rou... Read more »
The Fiskars® aluminum shrub rake features a slim head with uniquely tapered tines that are perfect for reaching into tight spac... Read more »
Our Eco Bin Composter features an easy-to-assemble, easy-to-use design that can simplify and speed the composting process. It i... Read more »
Our HardShell® Kangaroo® Gardening Container is perfect for all your outdoor cleanup needs — whether you’re gathering yard and... Read more »
Are school fundraiser ideas keeping you up at night? A unique handmade art piece that represents your school is sure to be a p... Read more »
Creating beautiful and personal touches does not have to be difficult, especially when you have great designs to work with! Read more »
Recycle and give a new life to some of your old T-shirts Read more »
Teresa Collins is a top craft celebrity who has been featured numerous times on My Craft Channel, HSN, QVC and DIY network, wel... Read more »
Our unique Tag Maker with Built-in Eyelet Setter features an innovative design that makes it easy to create tags perfect for gi... Read more »
By creating a few simple tags, you won’t be caught at the fabric store not knowing what fabrics or yardage you have in your st... Read more »
A brocade drawstring pouch can be a beautiful and luxurious accessory or gift. Read more »
Transform a simple hoodie into a super simple unicorn costume and take the stress and pressure out of making a complicated Hal... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Serrated Fabric Shears sense blade separation an... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Try some new punches out and make some cards to celebrate World Card Making Day! Read more »
A personalized Duck Tape® crown is quick and easy to make with your Fiskars® Duck® Edition Scissors. It is a fun way to cele... Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
Transform a basic jacket into something personal and unique. Read more »
Create a simple reusable calendar to plan all of your back to school activities. Read more »
Creating a miniature collage with your Fiskars® Duck® Edition Scissors is a great way to use up any last bits of Duck Tape® yo... Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Designed for all-purpose cutting through a range of craft materials that incorporate glue, tape and other sticky adhesives, our... Read more »
Designed for tight, precise cuts through a range of craft materials that incorporate glue, tape and other sticky adhesives, our... Read more »
It’s the perfect soup for a chilly autumn day, especially when it’s made with ingredients straight from the garden.
To grow this warm-season plant, start your pumpkins from seeds sown directly in warm, fertile soil after the last frost date in your area. Wait until the soil temperatures have reached 60 degrees F.
You’ll get best results if you enrich the soil with a healthy dose of compost, well-rotted manure, worm castings and other organic matter before planting.
I photographed the pumpkins in this article at a local farm’s pumpkin patch, as I wasn’t growing any of my own this year. By the time you read this article, the pumpkins will have already been sold at local farmers’ markets and farm stands.
Give pumpkins plenty of water, but avoid wetting the foliage. This helps reduce fungal diseases on the foliage. Personally, I like to water at the plant roots in the early mornings, so there is less evaporation and the plant foliage has time to dry before evening.
Winter squash – like this ‘Lakota’ winter squash from my garden this summer – is a close relative of the pumpkin and enjoys the same growing conditions. Both plants need plenty of room to grow, reaching more than six feet long. In fact, this ‘Lakota’ squash grows 10 to 20 feet long. I grow my squashes and pumpkins near the edge of my garden bed, so there is plenty of room for the plants to spread.
This year, I’ve had to fight blackfly on my leaves and flowers, which I’ve tackled by releasing ladybugs in the evening, after wetting down the plants. Cool temperatures and moisture help the ladybugs stick around longer, so this is one of those rare times you’ll want a damp garden in the evening.
If you have a serious aphid or blackfly problem, you might want to release more packages of ladybugs to fight these pests. In the first stages of the pest problem, try spraying off blackflies and aphids with a sharp spray of water in the morning, and repeat as needed.
Pumpkin Soup with Sage and Italian Sausage
This soup is packed with pumpkin’s nutritional goodness, and is now one of my family’s favorite soups. Pumpkins are loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin C, fiber and potassium. In fact, a half cup of cooked pumpkin provides a day’s supply of vitamin A.
Since this soup is topped with cooked Italian sausage, I’m glad the recipe features the herb sage. For centuries, cooks have known that sage is good for the digestion, which is why the herb is often used around Thanksgiving.
The original soup recipe was from Emeril Lagasse, but I’ve adapted the ingredients. Instead of parsley, I added a pinch of cayenne, for instance.
But most importantly, I substituted canned pumpkins for the three-pound fresh pumpkin, which was supposed to be peeled, seeded and cut into half-inch pieces. That’s because I’m writing this recipe before pumpkins are ripe in the garden. So, if you’re looking for canned pumpkins “off-season,” like I was, try your store’s baking section. That’s where I found mine.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 chopped yellow onions
1 leek, washed and sliced into half rounds
1 29-ounce can of pumpkins. Or 3 pound of fresh pumpkin flesh peeled, seeded and cut into half-inch pieces
Salt and pepper to taste
3 bay leaves
8 cups chicken broth
1 sprig sage
½ teaspoon of dried thyme
Pinch of cayenne to taste
About a pound of fresh, bulk Italian sausage, and crumbled freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1) Melt butter and olive oil in a Dutch oven or heavy soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and leeks. Cook and stir until soft and lightly golden, about 10 minutes.
2) Add pumpkin, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Mix well. If using fresh pumpkin, cook until it softens slightly.
3) Add chicken broth , sage and thyme. Stir to mix.
4) Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes until the pumpkin is tender and broth is thickening slightly. Remove herbs.
5) If you’ve added fresh pumpkin, use an immersion blender to puree the soup. If you used canned pumpkin, there’s no need to blend the soup.
6) Brown the sausage in a medium sauté pan. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towel.
7) Serve soup with browned sausage and Parmesian-Reggiano cheese on top.