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Happy May!

Will April showers (snow) bring May flowers? I bet you can't wait to see the flowers bloom. Have you figured out what you are going to grow this year? If you are like me, you are probably figuring out how to expand on your vegetable garden so you don't have to go grocery shopping. Can't blame you!! Because I don't know about you, but it's quite the task these days. I must say, while we are going through a crisis, I noticed we are going to our old ways of doing things like baking, knitting, crafting anything that looks like it needs repurposing and let's not mention all the baking we are doing? By the way, who took all the yeast?? Anyhow, I do hope you are all keeping safe and healthy, let's take this time to appreciate the coming out of the longest winter ever!! 

As you know, May is dedicated to all the Moms in our world. I think these special women should be pampered the whole month because, without them, the world would be lost, right?

What else are we celebrating in May?
  • Creative Beginnings Month
  • Gifts from the Garden Month
  • National Nurse's Week
  • May 4th - Star Wars Day
  • May 6th - No Diet Day
  • May 10th - Mother's Day
  • May 18th - Victoria Day

Until next time...
Make your Garden Blossom!

Does spring have you dreaming of lush gardens and sunshine? Despite what you might see on TV, beautiful landscapes don’t happen overnight. Weeds will invade your beds and need to be pulled. The mulch will break down and require replacing. And your attention span will no doubt move on to shinier things long enough for your garden to fall into disrepair.

If you get to know your garden’s unique conditions and choose the right plants, you’ll ensure that both the garden — and your enthusiasm for it — will last for a lifetime.

Invest in your soil

To get the dirt on your dirt, perform a soil test with your local agricultural center. This will tell you everything you need to know about what will grow there and how to improve it.

In the meantime, amend your soil with as much organic matter as possible — either by starting a compost pile or by adding bags of composted manure. This will give it a better texture, a diverse population of beneficial organisms, and more fertility.

If your soil is poorly drained, either grow plants that tolerate wet feet or install a dry creek bed or French drain to prevent standing water.

Ditch the trash trees

With any luck, the trees that you plant today will be there for a long, long time. Keeping that in mind, don’t grow things that you’ll regret one day — like a messy silver maple that drops seeds all over the lawn, or a cypress that will eventually dwarf your house.

When choosing a tree or shrub for your garden, consider the eventual size, form, and habit. Avoid planting anything that has weak limbs or is susceptible to pests and blights, because tree removal is a costly and unnecessary expense.

Understand your garden’s sunlight

Those little “full sun” and “part shade” icons are on the plant tag for a reason — too much sunlight will burn the foliage and compromise the plant’s health, while too little will make it lanky and weak.

Choose plants that thrive in your conditions. A spot that receives eight or more hours of direct sunlight is a perfect place to grow vegetables, fruit trees, and most flowers. Part to full shade is ideal for growing plants like perennials, ferns and small trees that are naturally found in the forest’s understory. If you have a shady yard but can’t live without roses and tomatoes, consider hiring a professional arborist to remove trees or large limbs to get more sunlight.

Purchase plants with confidence

If it seems like everything you grow dies sooner or later, stop buying unhealthy plants. Inspect the foliage and slip the plant out of its pot to check for firm, white, and healthy roots. The best place to buy healthy plants is at a local garden center, but otherwise, purchase them shortly after they’ve arrived on a shipment.

Plant for all four seasons

It’s tempting to do all your plant shopping in spring, but those pretty blooms will soon fade away. To avoid 11 months of boredom, choose a variety of plants that offer interest at different times of the year.

Grow summer-blooming plants like canna, coneflowers, and guara to keep the show going until fall when colorful foliage and fall bloomers like mums and goldenrod take over.

For winter interest, look to trees with interesting branch patterns and bark, as well as unusual cultivars of evergreens — like heuchera and abelia — or even architectural, hardy palms and succulents.

Divide and conquer

Here’s a huge money-saving trick: Choose a perennial, bulb or ornamental grass that can be propagated by division — one that you’d love to see growing all over your garden in a few years.

Plant several copies of that plant in your garden. After a couple of years, divide the plants by digging them up and slicing through the middle with a sharp spade. For best results, do this in spring when the weather is cool and the plant is actively growing.

Plant the divisions in the ground again, cover the space between the plants with mulch, and water them thoroughly to help them establish. Repeat these steps every two years, and you’ll have not only a ton of free plants, but also a garden that looks cohesive and established.

Source - Steve Asbell, author of Plant by Numbers: 50 Houseplant Combinations to Decorate Your Space 

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Tortilla Bowls:

  • 4 10-inch flour tortillas
  • vegetable oil spray
Taco Meat:
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 romaine lettuce hearts, shredded
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • salt and pepper
  • avocado, for topping (optional)
  • sour cream or Mexican crema, for topping (optional)
  1. To make homemade taco shells, adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions; preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Arrange 4 oven-safe soup bowls, flattened foil balls, or 6-inch cake pans on two rimmed baking sheets.
  2. Warm tortillas slightly until pliable. Spray both sides with cooking spray, then drape over soup bowls or nest inside cake pans. Bake until crisp, 10 to 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through baking. Let cool completely before moving.
  3. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until almost cooked through but still slightly pink, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, broth, vinegar, and sugar and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes; mixture will be saucy. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Combine lettuce, beans, tomatoes, scallions, and 2 tablespoons cilantro in a large bowl; toss with lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place tortilla bowls on serving plates. Divide salad among bowls. Top with taco meat and sprinkle with cheese and remaining cilantro. Garnish with sour cream and avocado, if desired. 
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