CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- People always ask for gardening suggestions and shortcuts. In this job, I get great e-mails and newsletters and publications with all sorts of interesting and useful items. And, much to the chagrin of my teen daughter, people stop me on the street to tell me their own tricks, as well as to ask for more. Here's a tip, a trip and a technique that I've come across in the past few weeks.
If you've been growing blueberries in containers, be sure to move them into a protected area such as a shed or unheated garage after the first frost. Blueberries need a cool period in winter, but extreme cold will kill the containerized plant.
Since 1903, the little town of Circleville, Ohio, has hosted the annual Pumpkin Show. What started as a humble agricultural exhibit and street fair has turned into an extravaganza with parades, beauty pageants, amusement rides, craft booths, games and food vendors.
Pumpkins take center stage, of course, and a contest for the biggest pumpkin draws huge entries as well as huge crowds. Last year's winner, grown by Bob and Jo Liggett, weighed in at 1,375.5 pounds. During the four-day event, 23,000 pumpkin pies and more than 100,000 pumpkin doughnuts are sold. Visitors can see 100,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash and gourds in the street display. Join the crowd Oct. 21-24. Last year, 400,000 visitors -- 100,000 per day -- came to this small town of 12,000.
Information: Circleville Pumpkin Show, East Franklin Street, Circleville, Ohio. Call 740-474-4923 or visit www.pumpkinshow.com.