Whitesburg KY

Getting ready for winter

It looks like fall is here, and it sure has been one unpredictable summer.

The leaves on the trees are changing color rapidly and are falling. Everyone loves their shade trees in the yard, but when they start dropping their leaves out come the rakes and the leaf blowers. I suppose the trees aren’t so popular when all the clean up starts, but we have to pay for the luxury of a shade tree with a little elbow grease, so to speak.

If you only have one good-sized maple tree in the yard it will keep you busy cleaning up the leaves for quite awhile, but for those ambitious enough to do it, the leaves can be bagged up in 30- gallon plastic bags, and add one or two gallons of water and seal it up until spring. By then you will have some mighty compost to put around plants or scatter out on the ground when you’re ready to plow.

If you have enough leaves, I doubt very much fertilizer will be needed.

Some trees, such as evergreens, shed their foliage all year long, a little at a time as new growth appears.

I have seen quite a few squirrels scurrying about hunting food to store up for winter, such as acorns, walnuts, hickory nuts, beechnuts, hazelnuts and any other type of nuts — especially chestnuts.

I’ve known squirrels to even eat buckeyes and pine cones, but never saw them storing either one for use in the winter.

Quite a lot of trees get planted when squirrels start to gather food for winter, because they bury a lot of seeds and nuts and can’t always remember where they buried them, or maybe the squirrel ends up as a guest of honor at a dinner table.

If you want to see something comical, just see a squirrel trying to carry a chestnut burr. The squirrel can’t see around the burr, so he zigzags while turning its head to the side to see around one side, and then the other.

I saw a groundhog the other day, and it was nice and plump. So they are fattening up for the winter too, and getting ready for hibernation.

I suppose bears are storing up fat too, because it won’t be too long before they, too, will go into hibernation.

People are doing the same thing — getting ready for the coming winter. Digging potatoes, canning and drying beans, putting corn in the freezer and any other truck they think they may need.

We used to store cushaws in the middle of the fodder shock, and they kept well. Apples are wonderful to dry and make stack cakes and fried pies.

Since I am a diabetic, I have to be careful, but I can’t think of anything I like better than fried apple pies, whether dried or fresh apples, or apple butter. But I have made pies using fruit cocktail, pineapple and peach.

Now is the time for people to get their coal and wood in if this is their heat source. I sure am glad I don’t heat with coal now. I am no longer able to raise a garden, so I visit the local supermarket on a regular basis.

That’s all from the funny farm until next time.

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