Upper South

October, 2013
Regional Report

Web Finds

The Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center site offers a wide range of information about all things related to flower bulbs. For instance, under "Bulb Basics" you'll learn about what a bulb is, where to buy them, top varieties, bulbs for different seasons, when to plant, and an A-to-Z guide to bulbs. There are also answers to frequently asked questions, a look at trends for 2007, instructions for growing bulbs in pots and using them as cut flowers, ideas for using bulbs in the landscape, and even information about traveling to Holland.

Favorite or New Plant

Miniature Pumpkins
Not only are miniature, or baby, pumpkins fun to use in fall decorations, they also make a great dinner companion. Like other pumpkins and winter squash, they are rich in nutrients, especially beta-carotene. And, they are the perfect size for an individual serving. Plus, they're easy to prepare. Be forewarned, they don't keep as long as other winter squash, so buy only a few at a time. To prepare, simply slice off the top half-inch of the pumpkin, scoop out the seeds, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon dairy or non-dairy milk, one fresh or dried sage leaf, and then fill with grated Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, or whatever cheese you prefer. Replace the lid, put in an ovenproof dish, and bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 45 minutes, or until tender.

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