Thursday, August 23, 2012

Home Grown: Mind Your Mulch


Mulches can be an effective way to make soil moisture "last longer" in landscape and garden. They are frequently used in the landscape to conserve water by reducing weed growth, minimizing evaporation, and retaining moisture.

Mulching can reduce rotting by keeping vegetables such as squash and tomatoes out of contact with soil. Organic mulches also lessen soil compaction, slow down erosion and improve soil texture when later tilled into the soil.

To get all these benefits, however, you have to think ahead and consider your own particular situation.

Continued at... Mind Your Mulch



Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tutus from Napa, California


Now available with Tutus in Handmade:
Custom made tutus direct from the designer in Napa, California

All of these tutus are hand made and customized with a choice of color combinations to make every princess' dreams come true.

Embellishments like snowflakes, butterflies, ladybugs, Mickey heads and more are available.



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Recipe File: Scandinavian Burgers


Adapted from Burgers: Comfort Food

Beet greens, which have a delicate, spinachy flavor, are a colorful garnish for these savory hurgers speckled with diced beets. Serve these burgers with a Russian salad --  tiny cubes of cooked carrots and potatoes, tiny green peas, and sliced cooked green beans  --  all bound together with a little mayonnaise. It's a winning combination.

Mustard Dill Sauce

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
Salt & freshly ground pepper

Burgers

1 pound ground chuck
1/2 pound ground veal
4 medium-size beets, cooked, peeled & cutinto 1/4-inch dice
4 small scallions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped capers
Salt & freshly ground pepper
8 thick slices Russian black bread
1 cup well-washed beet greens, thinly sliced

Prepare the mustard dill sauce: In a small bowl, combine the oil, sugar, vinegar, and lemon juice. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the mustard and dill, and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate. covered, until ready to serve. (The sauce can be made up to
day in advance.)

Preheat a grill to medium-hot or preheat the broiler.

Prepare the burgers: In a large bowl, lightly knead together the chuck, veal, beets, scallions and capers. Use wet hands to form 4 patties about 3/4 inh thick. Season with salt and pepper.

Grill or broil the burgers to the desired degree of doneness.

Place the burgers on 4 of the slices of bread. Top each with a spoonful of sauce and sprinkle with the beet greens. Cover with the remaining bread. Serve ot with the remaining sauce on the side.

Serves 4.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

On the Magazine Stand: 10 Farmer's Market Rules to Swear By.


"1. Yes, eggs, milk, and produce are more expensive than at the supermarket. But where else can you get just-laid eggs with bright-orange yolks, milk capped with cream, and vegetables that go beyond garden variety? What's more, the taste is exponentially better. So don't hassle the farmer about price.

"5. Unless it grows in your region, don't expect to find it at your local market. Of course, if you live in California, you can ask for anything....

"6. Each visit, buy one ingredient you're unfamiliar with--perhaps garlic scapes, fava beans, or pattypan squash. It'll make you a better cook."

 ~ in current issue of Bon Appetit

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Home Grown: Helping Drought-Stressed Trees


 A dry winter, minimal spring rains, record high temperatures and low summer precipitation is putting extreme stress on woody plants in many areas of the country this summer. The stress increases susceptibility to insects and disease.

Trees and shrubs should be thoroughly watered if they begin to show
signs of leaf wilt, discoloration or drying, especially at leaf edges.

Trees are able to obtain moisture longer than most other plants due to deeper roots, so symptoms of drought stress tend to be more delayed and some symptoms may not appear for months or even years.

Continued at... Helping Drought-Stressed Trees

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