As sad as I am about the end of summer, I look forward to the bounty of the autumn harvest. What I particularly like about fall vegetables is how functional they are. Not only can you store them for months without them rotting, they also make beautiful, colorful decorations for your home.
I somehow ended up growing a large amount of Jack-be-Little gourds in my garden this year. This was completely by accident, as I've never purchased seeds for them before! I'm not sure how it happened, but they took over a large portion of my garden!
By the end of the season, I must have had 30 gourds to harvest. I gave some to my mom, and I used the rest for decorations around my house. These free decorations will be in use until I put up all of my Christmas stuff!
In addition to my gourds, I also have a lot of nice winter squash. I grew some, my mom grew some, and I get some each week from our CSA share. These squash also make nice center pieces, along with other functional harvest items, such as garlic, apples and the like.
If you're lucky enough to have some squash or other fall harvest items in your house, show them off! Don't hide them from view. Enjoy the interesting shapes and colors all season by placing them in bowls or baskets and have them handy and nearby as you cook.