THIS MONTH IN THE GARDEN

What’s growing?
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.*

                                    
    
                                      
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                                               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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Seal Rock Garden Club

A social and educational club open to men and women.  Founded in 1948.