I wanted to write this short post to include the Old Farmer’s Almanac,
2013 edition’s plant for Halloween note:
“The ‘ghost flower’ (Monotropa uniflora), also called Indian pipe is a
forest-dweller that lacks chlorophyll. Through its roots, the white plant
steals nutrients from a soil fungus that partners with neighboring trees.”
So, how many of you have heard of the “ghost flower?”
How many of you have seen them in the forest?
I would like a picture of this, but it had just this short description.
Another piece of information from that same source listed above is a
helpful hint and resource:
“Instead of throwing your old Halloween pumpkin in the trash, cut it into
pieces and add them to a compost pile in your yard, neighborhood or
community garden.” Some alternatives given- put your pumpkin out
in the woods or fields for wildlife creatures to snack on. Also, I did not
know this, local farms and zoos, sometimes accept pumpkins to feed
their animals (Call ahead to ask!) Last, a fun fact! Lions have been known
to have great fun playing with pumpkins!
Hope you have a ghostly evening, that there are more TREATS
than tricks at your home, or out and about, tonight!