Monday, July 28, 2008

Gardening Season - Part III - Fresh Salad

Salad Greens

If you haven't tried to grow your own salad greens, you have no idea what you are missing.

The salad mixes in the grocery may look appealing, but even the organic bulk produce lacks flavor and substance.

When you control what your produce is grown in the nutritional value increase along with flavor.

Once picked, soak them in several changes of water, dry in salad spinner, pack loosely in large ziplocs with several layers of paper toweling. Fresh Salad Greens should last a week or more.

Dress them very lightly in a light vinaigrette for they are so succulent you want the flavor of the greens to shine.

Need help getting started....visit us today. We will share our favorite lettuce blends and secrets to growing them!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Gardening Season - Part II - Green Beans

40 feet of green beans, 2 rows

Sauteed, Steamed, Stir Fried, whatever way you prefer, green beans are on the menu.

Dan picked 11 pounds Thursday night. Nothing beats picking fresh organic produce and consuming it minutes later for supper.

I am not sure how we got away from this privilege in this country, but I hear the trend toward home vegetable gardening is on the increase.
Most trade publications say that vegetable flats out sold flower flats this spring.
With the upturn in grocery costs, along with fuel costs, I can understand why.

Dan has worked his organic vegetable plot with zeal for 12 years. This garden provides most of our produce needs not only during the season, but all winter.

We are also harvesting summer squash, onions, the last of the salad greens, more basil then I can make pesto, and carrots. Sweet Corn and Tomatoes can not ripen so enough.

Questions on organic gardening? Stop in and chat, we still have Renee's Garden Seed in stock at a reduced price. Perfect for next season.

green beans, wash and snapped, ready to blanch and freeze

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New Perennials

Last Friday we restocked with a large variety of perennials.

The Leucanthemum are looking especially lovely,the pure white of the blossom just shines. Companion plant with Heliopsis and you have a wonderful combination!

Astilbes seem to be in style this year, as they should be. Growers are continually introducing new varieties, better colours and disease resistant. Astilbes are a great way to brighten your shady areas.

Come in today before these beauties leave the courtyard.

Did you know that many perennials can be "tricked" them into repeat blooms. We would love to show you how.

Gardeners whom are not daunted by our soon to be 90 degree temps can SAVE 10% if they mention this posting.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Garden Season - Part I

Dan pulled the 1st Walla Walla Onion on Saturday.
We know we are having a successfull garden season when the onions from last year last until the Walla Walla's are ready to be pulled this year.

Walla Wallas are high in moisture and sugar, which makes them perfect for fresh eating but will store for only 2 to 3 weeks after harvest.

Perfect for summer salsas, onion rings, ratatouille and many more summertime dishes.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Nyphaea 'Partytime' - Blooming Now at Green Wellies

This is the reason I love Water Gardens.
Water Lilies are at the showiest in the month of July, they love the hot, sultry days we have recently had.

I always prompt gardeners to add at least 1 Tropical Water Lily to their Water Features.
Tropicals bloom off the surface of the water, their blooms are usually larger and the have a longer bloom period.
If blue/purple tones are your preferred colours Tropical Water Lilies are your only choice.

Tropical Water Lilies can be overwintered in our zone 5, but think of them as another annual, providing you with colour all season long.