Good eats or evil spirits: Origins of the pumpkins we eat and the ones we don’t

Some of our pumpkin consumption is purely ornamental — pumpkins to decorate our porches and to carve into spooky or cute characters (more on that in a bit), but 80 percent of the crop grown in the United States is meant for processing into canned pumpkin, manufactured pumpkin foods and more. So only 20 percent of the annual crop doesn’t go into the food system. Continue reading Good eats or evil spirits: Origins of the pumpkins we eat and the ones we don’t

Garlic: Prepare your garden for vampire invasions

Halloween is just around the corner, so you should definitely be on the lookout for any number of frightful half-human creatures. Chief among the terrifying hordes are vampires, though they seem to have faded into the background as zombies take center stage. But just to be safe, you should definitely have some garlic nearby. Garlic is one of those plants that has worked its way … Continue reading Garlic: Prepare your garden for vampire invasions