LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Chris Olsen from Botanica Gardens always has great advice on home and gardening projects.
Segment 1: Chris's pickled squash
Have you ever tried summer squash pickled? Pickled squash has a great taste and is so refreshing. Perfect even on a autumn or winter day when the thoughts of summer have faded away.
Place 2 lb. squash, cut into 1/4 inch -thick rounds, 2 medium red bell peppers, chopped; and 1 onion, thinly sliced; in a colander. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. salt; cover and let stand for about 1 hour. Do not rinse. Tightly pack squash mixture into about 4 sterilized jars, filling to 1/2 inch from the top. Now bring 3 cups sugar, 2 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp. mustard seeds, and 2 tsp. celery seeds to a boil. Stir constantly to blend together. When sugar dissolves, pour hot mixture over squash mixture in each jar. Remove any air bubbles by gently stirring with a long wooden skewer or the end of a wood spoon. Seal with lid.
Segment 2: Autumn stepping stones
Perserve autumn year round by making your own fall stepping stones. All you need is a pizza box, a plastic bag, some ready-to-use concrete mix and a few fall leaves. A pair of latex gloves may be a great idea.
Step 1: Cut the lid off the pizza box and reinforce each corner with duct tape. Then cut the bottom and side seam of a kitchen garbage bag to fit and secure it with tape. This will keep the concrete from sticking.
Step 2: Mix fast-drying concrete with water according to package directions, until it's the consistency of a thick cake mix. Fill the pizza box with the mix, pushing it into the corners and removing air bubbles.
Step 3: Press the leaves into the wet concrete surface. ometimes you may have to weigh part of the leaf down, so small stones may help. If water comes to the surface, no worries, it will evaporate.
Step 4: When the concrete has completely dried, take it out of the box and pull out the leaves. If part of the leaf sticks to the concrete, just leave that for it will wash away in time.
Check out the videos for step-by-step instructions! And you can always visit Chris at Botanica Gardens, located at 1601 Rebsamen Park Road, for help on any gardening projects.