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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like ‘Autumn’

September gives us Labor Day--The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882,-in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Patriot Day… is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.

Grandparents Day… is a secular holiday celebrated in the United States since 1978 and officially recognized in a number of countries on various days of the year.

POW/MIA-Recognition Day www.dtic.mil/dpmo/pow_day May we always remember and hope!

Rosh HaShanah… is the Jewish New Year. It falls once a year during the month of Tishrei and occurs ten days before Yom Kippur.

September is a big birthday month inside the Sage Hill Farm family…..my papa was born September 4th, 1894-passed over in 1952.

My young grandson celebrates his 13th birthday on Sept.30th……we are now entering the twilight zone.


I love this time of year, because of the beauty of change in the landscape and the fact we are one season closer to ‘winter’ - my very favorite time of the year.


I know many of you are thinking –Bea, we are still in the high heat category, air conditioning going full blast, and many desperate for rain--remember, the storm always comes before the rainbow. This too shall pass and the hot season will become a memory to put neatly away for awhile.

Here’s an artistic way to get into the changing of the season mood.

You will need:

1 large neutral colored pot
1 or 2 good sized Ornamental Kales
2 or 4 bunches of mustard (edible)
A few small Viola plants…orange
(I like larger plants when doing a pot for visual use…no waiting for the fill-in time to happen)

I also like to use these containers in my dining room instead of a table-scape - this gives your room a constant splash of interest without constantly removing and replacing a dining table decoration.

You can make your own combination from lettuces, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, and other cool season veggies and flowers…the focus should be on having most of them edible, as you pick and harvest from the pot, it will re-grow and so you have a point of color interest all season with little work.


The Growing Season-Second Act~

Mid to late summer planting is totally different in all areas of the country--but some things are standard regardless where you are in location.

Some of the pluses to a late summer planting…..the soil is still warm, days are still long, and all the task work has already been done--the pesky pest are mostly gone by now since it’s out of sync with their life cycle.

The Sage Hill Farm family loves hot salads…so, we are planting huge containers of different lettuces that can be kept close to the kitchen door…easy pickings and they will last until the first frost.

Nutty Notes~

Because walnuts look like the brain, they were used to treat head ailments during the Renaissance.

Turns out they may have been right on; walnuts are full of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.

Do you know that Almonds are the most nutritious of all nuts? (Raw is best…) www.naturalnews.com/006109.html

Cashews and Chestnuts…two of my great loves. Read all the good info here~ www.organicfacts.net/nutrition-facts/seeds-and-nuts/nutritional-value-of-cashew-and-ch estnut.html

More Interesting Reading~

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/08/how-did-greek-yogurt-get-so-popular/244 025/

http://motherjones.com /blue-marble/2011/08/triclosan-antibacterial-fda

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/a ntibacterial/products.htm

Jobs In The Greening Field~
http://www.beyondpesticides.org/join/e mployment.htm


A reminder about the September Herb Class~
(Join us and become a student of herbal knowledge)

Date---September 13th
Time---11:00 am until 12:30 pm
Lots of information and goodies

If the weather has cooled off and conditions are right we will meet under the tent in the tree grove south of the house. Plenty of parking in the back and along the driveway.

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**To all my readers in the path of Irene- we pray that you are safe and your families and homes are intact.

Please visit the Sage Hill web site and blog for articles, and recipes for most any herb you might wish to know about.

Share your thoughts, ask questions---

Wishing you the best of all Autumn seasons - embrace it, be grateful for all we have.

Bea Kunz
www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com
Beakunz@bellsouth.net
931-438-8328