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Spring Spinach Topped Tomatoes
Welcome me back! Well I do apologize for being gone for awhile
here at For Dragonflies... my computer was giving me some issues
for a bit over a week and then we have been busy here planting all
the good stuff that fills our farms CSA share boxes each week and
provides the lovely spread at our market tables. But this is one
of my happy places and I am glad to return! Right now at The
Garden Gate we are very busy... raising piggies and chickens and
getting the raised beds and field planted. I love the busyness of
this time of year... it is exhilarating for me... I feel refreshed
and alive and cherish every moment I can be outdoors. We just
planted the raised beds outside the hoop house with chard &
beets today... the cherry tomatoes, lettuces and basil are growing
beautifully in the hoop house beds, the sausage garden raised beds
are full and growing beautifully! Green is good in more ways than
one. I will give you some fun ideas on how to be green that won't
tax your time or wallet!
Posted by Neil & Jean
@ 04:43 PM EDT
'Tis planting time! How joyous this time is for all us
gardener's! Gardening is a relief to my soul from the hum drum of
life and all the expectations that surround me. I love to care
for all these little plants... nurture them... watch them grow and
flourish... and then eventually harvest delicious food that feeds
my family... use all the flavorful fresh herbs as well as dry some
for winters use... make lovely bouquets through the season that
adorn our home! Life is good, then you garden! This month I am
going to focus on giving some planting tips, harvesting advise,
dividing and transplanting guild lines along with all the fun
entertaining & gift ideas and of course lot's more yummy
recipes! So sit back and enjoy from my home to yours!
I am probably not the most likely person to be giving Houseplant
Tips, but I decided to give it a shot anyway. Taylor
likes them and I have had great success with my Jade Trees- they
require very little care. Recently Taylor & I were at a house
warming party and I noticed the hostesses giant African Violets! I
didn't even know they got that big! Anyway, I asked if they were
some new hybrid variety or something. No she said, they were not.
I marveled and said I have only ever killed them no matter what I
tried- by the way, I have never read anything on them prior to
this, so I probably didn't care that much anyway, but these
enormous plants amazed & intrigued me. This sparked a lively
conversation on the plants & what tips several of the others
had. So here are some Do's & Dont's to African Violet
Care, I hope they help!
~ water them from the bottom by using a deep set plant saucer,
using hot water. ~ crush
washed eggs shells and put in a bowl with hot water and set the
pot in it until all water is absorbed- this gives them needed
~ Let them totally dry out and then water deeply.
~ Put them in a window where they will have indirect light.
~ever water the leaves.
~water with cold water- they are tropical plants.
~dead head- remove spent flowers.
These are just a few of the tips that I thought were most
As I mentioned above I have had great success with Jade
Trees. They do not require a lot of care and grow to
size according to the pot you put them in. My tree is about 3 feet
tall and the trunk is about 6 inches in diameter. It is quite
beautiful and it gets a lot of ooooh's and ahhh's when friends
come over. Although I will say, mine is small compared to some
that I have seen. Jade Trees are very easy to propagate- make new
plants from. You can use one of three very easy methods, here they
1. Simply take a branch that is about 5-6 inches long and put it
in a glass of warm water. Give it clean water every 4-5 days and
watch for little root hairs to start. After it gets several root
hairs plant in a pot with potting mix and watch it grow!
2. Take a branch as described above, but go ahead and bury about
half of it directly in a pot with potting mix; Be sure to strip
leaves off of the buried part; keep watered and moist to stimulate
root growth. Within about two to three weeks you will notice new
leaves coming out of the stem. In the meantime some of the
original leaves may wither and fall off- don't give up it will
3. If you only have a small plant and want to grow more but there
aren't any 'branches' to speak of, you can still propagate. Take
a leaf and lay on top of a pot of potting mix with the stem tip
slightly in the dirt; keep moist, do not let it dry out- but don't
soak; a slight misting regularly will be good in between
watering's. You will be amazed at fast it will take root and
It is time to start thinking about planting garden with all the
early spring things that are readily available to you. Here is a
basic Planting Guild that will help you get the
basics in your veggie garden through planting season.
Early Spring- that means now! Peas, onions, potatoes,
lettuce, radish, spinach and chard.
Mid- Spring- around the end of April to mid May- Beets,
broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, fennel. You can
also do a reseeding of lettuces and radishes to keep a steady
Late Spring- after the last predicted frost- end of May,
typically- Beans, corn, cucumbers, melons, squash, and pumpkins.
Some things you need to grow as plants at this time, not seeds- eggplant, peppers, tomatoes
and sweet potatoes. Plant
your herb plants now too.
If a light frost does touch your late Spring crops
you can save them by taking a watering can and sprinkle all the
plants BEFORE the sun touches them. Once the sun touches the
plants they are burned and will more than likely die. Certain
things will only get tip burned- lettuce, chard, radishes, spinach
and potatoes. These things will grow out of it if they had their
true leaves. Seedlings will need to be sprinkled.
Another easy way to prevent frost damage is to cover with light
sheets, or if you want to be fancy, you can purchase 'fabric row
cover' from green house supply companies. Most seed catalogs even
offer it now, but sheets work just fine for the small home
gardener. Do not cover with plastic though unless you have a way
to prevent it from touching the plants. The plastic on the plants
will cause them to be tip burned as well.
A friend of mine makes these charming Bookmarks for
all her family members and friends. They are really special yet
simple and easy to make. She takes the persons name and puts a
Bible verse next to each letter as it pertains to it. I have
attached a photo of it for you to get the idea. She laminates them
so they will have a longer life and this adds a professional look
Yummy Spinach Pie
The spinach is in abundance right now and what else do you do with
it except add into salads or steam you might be asking. Well
spinach is loaded with iron and is very tasty in many recipes
including Italian Wedding Soup, quiches and lasagna. Here's one
more to add to your spinach recipe folder!
6 cups baby spinach from The Garden Gate, trimmed
1/4 cup sweet onion from Garden Gate, chopped
2 eggs from Garden Gate, beaten
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup grated Colby jack cheese
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp. salad dressing
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. celery salt
1. Rinse spinach; chop and place in a large saucepan over medium-
high heat; Cook covered for about 3-5 minutes, or until wilted;
Drain, pressing out as much of the liquid as possible.
2. Combine remaining ingredients; fold into spinach.
3. Spoon mixture in a well greased 9" pie plate; bake at 375
degrees for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in
center comes out clean.
Posted by Neil & Jean
@ 08:39 AM EDT
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