THIS MONTH IN THE GARDEN
Potatoes are our featured focus for November. Because this veggie is abundant at local farms this month, it’s a great time to highlight its nutritious qualities. Potatoes have a bad reputation because of their association with fried, unhealthy foods like French fries, but they are a great source of vitamins like vitamin C and potassium. Pairing potatoes with fresh greens like spinach, kale or collards can help you create a healthy meal. Get Local Recipe:
Green Mash Potatoes Steps:
1. Boil whole potatoes until soft. Cool.
4 medium to large local potatoes 2. Cut potatoes into small chunks.
2 Cups spinach 3. Chop herbs and garlic
2 Tbsp. butter 4. Combine all ingredients in a large pot
2-3 Cloves garlic and heat on medium for 2-3 minutes.
Fresh herbs (Basil, Rosemary, and Dill) Stir several times while they are warm.
Salt and pepper to taste 5. Mash potatoes until they are smooth.
10 Insanely Clever Gardening Tips and Ideas:
This is my first year having a true garden, and so far I love the time I get outside playing in the dirt and absorbing the sunshine. It’s certainly a nice break from my computer! As a beginner, I’m learning a lot of things that will make next year’s garden easier, and hopefully a little healthier. Whether you like getting your hands dirty in the garden or not, it’s nice to have a few gardening tips and ideas up your sleeve. Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks for your yard. I thought they were all pretty clever, but then again, I’m still a rookie at this garden stuff!
1. Pinch the upper portions of your herb plant stems off to encourage new leaf growth Herbs have a natural
instinct to stay alive and multiply, so when they are pinched they send a signal to the buds to grow.
2. Simply cut the bottom off of a plastic pot and bury it in the ground! Use it for invasive plants that tend to grow too large and take over your garden. This simple garden technique limits the growth of the root system giving you better control watering. This is especially helpful for squash.
3. Not all of us have the skills to build raised beds out of wood, that's where cinder blocks come in handy. Simply fill the
spaces with soil and plant your herbs.
4. Place a sink pot in the middle of your garden to create a well. As the roots mature, they get deeper into the ground soil, making it harder for the water to reach in a dry climate.
5.These three household combined every-day ingredients are great for getting rid of weeds!
*Be careful because this solution can be harmful to grass, so it best used in sidewalk cracks, and other
areas where grass, flowers won’t be affected.*
6. It is rich in magnesium and sulfate which are crucial to plant life. For potted plants, mix a couple tablespoons of the
salt into your watering can once or twice a month. Sprinkle more into the soil once your plants mature.
7. Animals seem to think all of the hard work you’ve put into your garden looks like a huge litter box.
To keep them from Digging a hole for your seasonal fresh herbs plants strategically place a few plastic forks
around your plants to deter them from destroying your hard work.
8. My blender rarely sees daylight, but now it might just get the chance to see the kitchen counter with this genius genius Grinding eggshells makes it easy for your garden to absorb the calcium eggshells provide.
9. Because packing peanuts still allow for good drainage, they are perfect for lightening the load
in large flower pots. They are also cheaper than soil. Just be sure to add a layer of landscape fabric
over the top of them so that the soil doesn’t slowly sink to the bottom.
10. The shovel and I are not best friends. Here’s an idea that was a bit of an “aha” moment for me.
Dig a hole for your seasonal plants and fill it with an empty plastic pot. Now you can drop in your plant.
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