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Welcome to June!
 
If months had a color, June would be blue, not because it's depressing but because it's the month we celebrate the men in our lives - Fathers specifically. I think there are special grandfathers and uncles that should get a special shout out too. While looking through my resourceful observational dates, I noticed a few interesting dates that reflect our knights in shining armor.

Not only is it Men's Health Month but it's National Bathroom Reading Month too!! When was the last time you saw a men's health magazine in your bathroom ladies? Oh, and there's a special day called Stupid Guy Thing Day (June 22nd) and I guess this means we give them a day's pass...but only ONE day!! LOL

All kidding aside, I do wish all the SuperDads in your life a wonderful Father's Day. 

 June celebrations include:
  • Rebuild Your Life Month
  • National Homeownership Month
  • June 2 - Leave the Office Early Day
  • June 3 - Wonder Woman Day
  • Jun 11 - Nat'l Making Life Beautiful Day
  • June 12 - Superman Day
  • June 21 - Father's Day
  • June 22 - Stupid Guy Thing Day
 
Until next month...
Sarah

Not sure if it's because of what we are going through, but lately, all I hear is people saying they want to start their own vegetable garden. I think this is a great idea only because I love being able to pick a fresh tomato, cucumber, or a handful of parsley to use when cooking. So, here are some easy tips for those who are starting out. Let me know how it goes!

Let there be light – Most veggies, especially those that bear fruit (tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and peppers, for example) need sun and a lot of it. Ideally, you want a site with at least 8 hours of direct sun per day. In less light, you can still grow some edibles; mainly leafy crops and herbs.
 
Soil is everything – Healthy, rich soil is the key to a successful and productive vegetable garden, so don’t skip this step! A soil test will give you an idea of your existing soil fertility and pH, and offer suggestions of what types of fertilizers or amendments will get your plot up to par. In my own garden, I rely on homemade compost, organic well-composted animal manures, and organic fertilizers like kelp meal and alfalfa meal.
 
Keep it small – A vegetable garden can be low-maintenance, but it’s not no-maintenance. Therefore, do yourself a favor and stick to a small plot for the first year or two. A 4 by 8ft bed is ideal for a starter veggie garden and will give you enough space to grow a handful of crops (see the next point). If you wish to start even smaller, try planting container-friendly veggies and herbs in pots or window-boxes on a sunny deck.
 
Pick your plants – With your first veggie garden, it’s very tempting to want to grow everything! But, for your own sake, I’d suggest you pick 4 to 5 types of vegetables and grow them well. Trying to cram too much in a compact space is asking for trouble and you’ll end up with a smaller, not larger harvest. However, you can boost yield by succession planting. When your initial crops have been harvested, follow up with second sowing. For example, follow spring lettuce with summer beans. Succession planting allows you to stretch your harvest season for the longest possible time.

Bring on the blooms – Ok, this might be hard to believe, but most bugs are your friends! Yup, it’s true. Think bees, butterflies, tachinid flies, ladybugs, and more! To attract these good guys to your garden – and boost crop pollination – include clumps of insect-friendly plants like sweet alyssum, zinnias, cosmos, and sunflowers between the veggies and herbs.

Water, weed & feed – This might seem to be one of the most obvious vegetable gardening tips, but new veggie gardeners may not know when or how much to water. Newly seeded beds will need frequent watering, but most established crops can get by on one to two inches of water per week. To conserve water and reduce the need to irrigate, mulch your soil with several inches of straw or shredded leaves. Side benefit: the mulch will also suppress weeds! As for feeding, quick growing crops like radishes and lettuce won’t need supplemental fertilizers if grown in fertile soil. Long-term veggies like tomatoes, winter squash, and eggplants, however, will appreciate a boost several times over the growing season. Give them an occasional dose of water-soluble organic food to support growth and encourage the biggest harvest.


Source - Savvy Gardening blog

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A great healthy meal choice for the KINGS we love!

Ingredients

 

  • 1 piece large filet Copper River King Salmon whole or cut into individual pieces.
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided

for Lentil Salad:
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 slices zucchini cut into 3 thick
  • 1 avocado halved
  • 1/4 cup green onion diced

for the Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions:
  • Add the lentils to the stock and 1 cup of water in a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer for about 25 minutes, drain and cool.
  • In a blender mix the red wine vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper.
  • Slowly add the olive oil until well mixed. Set aside.
  • Preheat the grill to high heat.
  • Lightly season salmon with some salt/black pepper and rub each side of it with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
  • Place the peppers, sliced zucchini and avocado on a large plate.
  • Drizzle the veggies with the remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place salmon carefully onto the hot grill skin side up and let it sear for about 8 minutes. Using 1 or 2 large spatulas flip the salmon over and repeat.
  • While the salmon is cooking, place the veggies on the grill and cook until they get a good dark char on them.
  • Transfer the veggies to a plate and take the salmon off the grill. Let it rest covered with some foil.
  • Add the cooled lentils to a large bowl.
  • Scrape any loose burned pieces of skin from the peppers and chop into small pieces.
  • Add to the lentils along with the chopped grilled zucchini and green onion.
  • Add half of the dressing and taste. Add more salt, pepper and dressing if desired.
  • Toss well and serve along with the salmon and grilled avocado.

Courtesy of Foodness Gracious website
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