Don’t forget about our FREE seminar on Food Gardening tomorrow at 11AM! You’ll learn a lot! (And it might even be a nice day to be outdoors to shop, too! Wouldn’t that be a treat?)
But then, you probably knew that, right?
National Egg Salad Week is one of those national celebrations that actually float around on the calendar, arriving each year during the week after Easter, when all those cracked, mangled colored hard-cooked eggs lurk in the refrigerator awaiting the cook’s inspiration about what to do with them.
Egg salad is such a simple sandwich filling. As you know, we raise chickens, so we have a reliable source for fresh eggs pretty much year ’round. I hard cook some every week or so, but we can only eat so many with a dash of salt before we get tired of them. The rest get used for my lunch of an egg salad sandwich.
So crack open your favorite cook book, or get online and search out an interesting recipe for egg salad. Add some herbs, some fresh garden leaf lettuce, relish, a nice glop of mayo and some Dijon mustard, and sliced scallions from your garden if you got yours in early. Comfort food at it’s most basic, especially if you’re on a first-name basis with the chicken that laid the eggs.
We’ve had a lot of questions asked about starting a vegetable garden, so we’re going to hold a Saturday Seminar on Food Gardening. It will be held here at Ferda’s Garden Center on Saturday, April 30th at 11:00 AM.
You’ll learn what you need to know about getting started in food gardening, and there will be plenty of time afterwards for questions and answers. So, if you want to give growing your own food a try this year, this is where you need to be.
Space is limited, so call ahead to reserve a spot. (740-546-4467 or toll free 800-844-5944)
Are you thinking about planting up a bonsai, a railroad garden, a miniature garden or a fairy garden? We have received a shipment of dwarf and mini conifers from the west coast that would suit these gardens to a “T”. Remember, “slow-growing” means it took quite a few years to get them even this big, so they won’t be as inexpensive as you might hope. But they’ll stay small and not outgrow your garden, and that’s a plus for these mini-landscapes.
We have a few fairy garden accessories, too, and we’re looking for more. This is a new area for us, too.
As if we don’t have enough bugs to worry about in the US, we now have an imported pest, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Other stink bugs are mostly just a nuisance, but this one may become a menace to agricultural crops as well. They arrived in Pennsylvania from China in the 1990′s and are spreading east and west into Ohio. Read about them in this article from Cincinnati.com.
Were you able to get out into your gardens today? We hope so, because it was the kind of day we’ve been waiting for these many “spring”weeks. In the 80′s, sunny, with a nice breeze.
I worked in my (fenced) vegetable garden until time to make dinner. Planted lettuce, arugula, spinach, white onion sets, red onion plants, cabbage (red, Stonehead and Golden Acre), broccoli ( Pac Man and Premium Crop), broccoflower (a new crop for me this year), kohlrabi, and cauliflower.
Are you planning to try growing vegetables this year? There isn’t anything fresher, or more local, than food from your own back yard. Why not give it a try? Come to Ferda’s Garden Center for the seeds, plants and advice you’ll need to grow your own.
We are as ready to get out and dig in the dirt as you are. Now if only the weather would cooperate. We are getting the trees and shrubs in stock for you, and the early-season veggies (and the tomatoes and peppers we’re growing for May sales) are getting bigger every day. But who wants to plant in the SNOW? Not me, and, I’ll bet, not you.
The weatherman says it might get a little warmer by mid-week, and that signals a window of planting and cleaning up activity. (Of course, rain is in the forecast, too. Mother Nature giveth and she taketh away…)