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30 Jun 2017

Using Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes are the flower stalks of garlic. Scapes grow in a curled fashion and have a little flower part at the tip. If you are growing garlic, remove the scapes for best bulb formation. If you are not growing garlic yourself, you may find these seasonal treasures at a local Farmer’s Markets or from a local CSA share. Garlic scapes have a texture similar to asparagus and taste like garlic, but less intense.  Take a little culinary adventure this month and try garlic scapes with any of these quick and easy preparations:

Chop the scapes into little coins and stir them into any recipe that calls for garlic like vinaigrettes, dips or stir fries.

Brush whole scapes with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill them whole until tender, about 5-10 minutes.

Chop a half pound of scapes into 2 inch segments. Stir fry in vegetable oil until just tender, about 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of soy sauce and continue to cook until soy sauce is almost evaporated. Stir in 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds. Stir until thoroughly coated and serve.

14 Jun 2017

Happy Father’s Day!

It’s a tree sale!

All our potted trees will be 20% off this Friday and Saturday only, June 16th and 17th.

Plant a tree for its beauty, for privacy, for shade or just because. You’ll be glad you did. Ask about our 5 year warranty.

 

08 Jun 2017

Kids in the Garden

 

It’s nothing new, but we all know that children today are beset by a number of ailments: stress, obesity, ADHD. Research has shown that kids with access to greenspace such as gardens on a daily basis have reaped many health benefits including increased attention span and deeper forms of creative play. Children who grow their own vegetables are more likely to eat them. How are parents to encourage kids to get outside and garden? Here are a few tips:

·         Give a child their very own planting space to plant and dig as they please.

·         Plant veggies kids like to eat such as carrots, sugar snap peas, strawberries and potatoes.

·         Try planting crazy veggies like purple potatoes, atomic red carrots or dragon’s tongue beans.

·         Create a theme garden. Popular themes include a pizza patch, hummingbird habitat or a fairy garden.

·         Invest in some basic pint- sized tools. Gloves, shovels and buckets are a good start.

·         Incorporate some family- friendly features into your existing garden. Birdbaths, houses and feeders, gathering areas such as a dining set or bench, play areas such as a sandbox, fort or swing set.

·         Involve your kids in harvesting. Kids love to pick peas, dig up potatoes, pull carrots and cut lettuce.

·         Pass the scissors.  Older children can cut some salad greens or some flowers to bring into the house.

·         Hand them the hose! Very small kids are delighted to fill up a watering can and water something. Bigger kids can use the hose to fill birdbaths and water the veggie patch.

·         Lead by example. Your kids are more likely to garden if you’re out there too!

 

       

 

 

05 Jun 2017

Flower Care 101

The days are warmer, our greenhouse is full of flowering annuals and it’s time to take some new plants home. Follow these simple steps for beautiful blooms all summer long:

  • Gradually expose newly purchased plants to the outdoors on a covered porch or in a shady spot out of the wind. This is called hardening off.
  • Watch the weather. A few annuals, such as pansies will tolerate freezing temperatures, but most will need to be covered or moved inside if a frost is predicted.
  • Plant in high quality potting mix. If the plants are to be planted in last year’s container, remove all former plant material and refresh with new soil. Adding granular fertilizer to the soil prior to planting will promote continual blooming and healthy root formation.
  • Water often. The soil should never be allowed to dry out. Depending on sun and wind exposure, annuals may need water up to twice a day.
  • Routine removal of spent flowers will encourage more blooming. This is called deadheading. Be sure to remove the entire flower and stem.
  • Additional liquid fertilizer (such as Fertilome™ brand Blooming & Rooting) beginning midsummer will maintain lush foliage and continuous blooming.