This post originally appeared on Gardening Know How as an invited guest blog. The version here is the same, with the addition of a couple more photos.
I have long been fascinated by seeds, as my elementary school self with her shoebox full of horse-chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum) can attest. It turns out this fascination served me well when I became a graduate student. As part of my research on different methods to control downy brome (Bromus tectorum), I counted thousands and thousands of downy brome seeds to document the effects of those different methods. If you’ve ever wondered what a plant science graduate student does, you can bet that counting seeds is part of it.
Walking across campus this week, I just couldn’t help but pick up a few horse chestnuts.
Fall is in full swing here in Northern Utah, and we’ve been loving it! From the cooler temps to the colorful leaves to the crisp apples and the blue sky, there’s a lot to love; and fall gardening should be added to that list. If when you think about fall gardening you only think of all the leaves to be raked and garden spaces to be prepped for winter, here’s a list of four reasons why fall gardening is something to be loved.
Each year in September is Utah Eat Local Week which is meant to highlight all the great local agricultural (and other) products and inspire people to eat locally grown and produced foods. This year, when Eat Local Week rolled around, I had just finished reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, which chronicles a year where her family tried to eat as local as possible. I don’t know that I’ll ever be quite that ambitious (or have enough land to grow that much food on), but I do like the idea of growing your own food.
How did it get to be November?
Back in October, when I was in the midst of my garden cleanup I thought, “I could write a post about this.” But, then I realized there was nothing remarkable about pulling plants out. Continue reading
Things I love about fall:
- Apple Cider
- Apple fritters
Oh, and the fall colors too.