Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Shows & Events
Two Fall Plant Sales
Save this weekend for the two best plant sales for trees and native flowers and shrubs for our Southern California region. Both have great collections, and this is the best time of the year to get these plants in the ground.
The Fall Festival at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley on October 20-22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., features talks, special guests, and hundreds of kinds of native plants for sale. For more information, call 818-768-1802 or go to the Web site www.theodorepayne.org.
The 18th Annual Fall Plant Sale at the Friends of University of California Riverside Botanic Garden in Riverside is October 21-22. It's open Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features nearly 10,000 plants ready for fall planting. For more information and directions, call 909-787-4650.
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Toast, don't toss, your pumpkin seeds when you carve your jack-o'-lantern this Halloween. Here's a simple way to toast them to provide a delicious and nutritious snack. Kids just love these seeds.
Separate the seeds from the stringy pulp by washing them well. Spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle lightly with salt if desired (I prefer them without salt - they seem to taste "nuttier"). Toast for 3 to 4 minutes in a 375F oven, then stir them around, and toast another 2 to 3 minutes until they're evenly golden. Cool them to room temperature and enjoy! We just eat them whole - although the shell requires a bit more chewing.
One medium-sized pumpkin can make a few cups of seeds.