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21 May 2014

Grandma Casey’s Rhubarb Crumble

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Grandma Casey’s Rhubarb Crumble

3 cups sliced rhubarb
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2T. Flour
Pour into greased 8×8 pan or pie plate

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
Cut butter into dry ingredients and spread over rhubarb mixture. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

General Rhubarb Care:

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  •  Prune off flowering stalk to continue to harvest
  • Compost, compost, compost – rhubarb is a heavy feeder so give him lots of love and he will give you lots of stalks
  • Rhubarb leaves are poisonous, but make great compost

Enjoy!

09 May 2014

Daffodils

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I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
-William Wordsworth

09 May 2014

Happy Mother’s Day to the Gardeners!

Mother’s Day is this weekend, have you gotten her something special? Planning a special outing? If you are still struggling with what to do, here are a few suggestions from The Mossy Tree Crew!

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1. Take her to the Tulip Festival
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2. Buy her Jacobs Premium Potting Mix for her containers
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3. Schedule The Mossy Tree to come do Spring Clean Up
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4. Buy her one of these top Mother’s Day presents for the gardener
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5. Plan a day to work in the gardens with her
05 May 2014

Weed, Weed, Weed: The Secret of The Successful Gardener

We may be slow to start our Spring, but the weeds are already here and in full force.  You can get out and take care of the “Spring Fever”, by spending a little time in your gardens. Weed now and you will reap the benefits later!

chickweed1Bittercress is a hardy weed that if left until it seeds, one seed pod can shoot 1,000’s of tiny seeds every where.  Once you let it go to seed, you will be dealing with this determined little weed all season long.  The root mass is quite shallow and east to pull, but you want to make sure you remove it completely from your garden site.  Diligent weeding is the key to success with this one.

dandelion 2Dandelions are another survivor in the weed world.  Of course, the best way to stay on top of these pests, is early weeding and making sure you are getting to the root of the matter.  Often times, if you just pull from the top, the greens will pop off (yummy dandelion soup), and it will just grow some more greens with the beautiful flower going to seed soon after.

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Mullein is a monarch butterfly’s favorite, so if you have an area where you can let them grow, it will help our Monarchs.  Otherwise, when left on their own, one mullein can produce over 100,000 seeds in a year, and seeds survive most any condition, lasting up to 100 years.  Weed away.

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Broadleaf Dock is like the dandelion with a long tap root, often reaching depths of 5 ft.  They also are a prolific seeder, producing up to 60,000 seeds per year.  You may have hear your grandparents refer to this as Butter Dock, as the leaves were used to wrap butter.  Also the leaves soothe nettle stings when applied to the skin.  The best advice for these are to dig early and dig deep!  The longer you let them grow in the season the more you have to disturb your gardens.  

Typically when weeding and doing our spring clean up we add all these weeds to our compost along with leaves and other yard waste.  Recently, I have been bagging up the bittercress, mullein, and dandelions, because they are so invasive.

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I know the weeding isn’t the fun part of gardening, but absence of weeds, help others see the beauty of your garden!