Hello, again!

Pumpkin season is finally upon us. It wasn’t but a couple of weeks ago when I heard the morning radio personalities (formerly known as DJ’s) going on and on about pumpkin spice coffee at the local neighborhood coffee stop. I’ll admit it did seem a bit early for it, but at our next staff meeting we were going over our fall displays and how we’d have our first delivery of pumpkins once the hot weather broke. Soon after that, Wichita Brewing Company announced their fall favorite release, Yumpkin Pumpkin 2021. This beer is brewed with pumpkin meat and the pint glass rim is coated with sugar and spices. It’s perfect for fall!

If you're a ChileHead like myself, you're always thinking of how you can incorporate Hatch green chile into every meal. This is when I began craving a bowl of Hatch Green Chile Pumpkin Bisque. You know, I’ll add a bit of Hatch to about anything and pumpkin bisque is not an exception. I made it the first time in late fall a couple of years ago when the stores were finishing up the pumpkin season. Baking a few pie pumpkins, freezing some of the pulp and making bisque for Thanksgiving was easy. Here's the recipe I used after I roasted a cut pumpkin (seeds removed) for about 45 minutes. The only change I made was adding a ½ cup pureed Hatch green chile to the recipe.

We still have all the heat levels of green chile at the stores, from mild to extra hot. They freeze very well, so pick up a supply to keep in the freezer to enjoy all year long. For inspiration, our Green Chile All Year Long cookbook has recipes for all seasons.

If you’re out and about this weekend, stop by Orie’s Farm Fresh Annual Garlic Fest at The Public at the Brickyard this Sunday from 11:00 - 4:00. I’ll have the chile roaster down there roasting green chile.

With fall upon us, it’s a great time to get in the garden. Our nursery is full of trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials eager to be planted. With warm soil temperatures and daytime temperatures trending down, plants get established quickly this time of year.

If you experienced armyworms in your turf this summer, it’s important to help your lawn recover. I’ve overseeded with Gard’N-Wise Premium Fescue Blend grass seed to fill in the spots damaged by the worms. Fall fertilization is going to be very important in turf recovery this year as well. Kansas State University recommends 2-3 applications of a high nitrogen fertilizer such as ferti-lome Winterizer which is formulated for our area.

Mums and pansies are arriving. Spring flowering bulbs and pumpkins will be here soon. It's definitely fall at the garden center!

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center