Have you used all your garlic scapes?
If you have not, I have a great idea and recipe for you.
2 cups garlic scapes, roughly chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup walnuts
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
1/2 - 3/4 cup of olive oil or sunflower oil
*note: feel free to mix in other herbs like basil, mint, cilantro, parsley or even kale to make the pesto more mild. We love garlic, so we do not mind!!
1. Add garlic scapes, Parmesan, walnuts, salt, and black pepper to food processor and scrape sides to make sure all ingredients are incorporated.
2. Turn on processor slowly add 1/2 cup oil. Once added, stop the processor and scrape sides to make sure all ingredients are incorporated.
3. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
4. If pesto is thick, add more oil while the processor is running.
5. Process pesto once more until it is creamy, about 1 minute.
6. Load the pesto into your preferred containers and store in your chest freezer for up to a year.
We enjoy using our pest for a dip with pretzels or chips.
We also use on homemade pizza.
The link below is where I found helpful tips on growing garlic and the pesto recipe.
Creative Vegetable Gardener
*Keep “flower buffet” open throughout the whole season for pollinators with a continuous succession of flowering plants.
* There are almost 500 documented species of native bees in Wisconsin.
* Bees are rarely aggressive but yellowjackets and wasps can be aggressive.
* Honey bees are highly social in their hives but native bees tend to be solitary and mostly nest in the ground or cavities in trees or logs.
* Tree pollination: most Midwestern trees are wind pollinated such as elm, oak, ash, birch, maple, and shrubs such as hazelnuts. Some trees and shrubs that have showy flowers in spring can attract pollinators, including red maple, black cherry, American basswood, service berry, dogwood, chokecherry, wild plum, pussy willow, and sumac.
* Suggestions for attracting more pollinators are: leave some bare soil for ground nesting bees in the garden; rather than using wood mulch consider leaving the leaf litter on the ground in fall and consider it “mulch” throughout the year (some bees can nest in the leaf debris); do not cut back stems on all plants in the fall , leaving them up for bees to nest in over the winter and then cut back later in the spring to about 12-15 inches high; have some old logs on the ground in or near the garden for nesting .
Contact information for Heather Holm:
Website is PollinatorsNativePlants.com
New book out: An Identification and Native Plant Foraging Guide
This year’s theme is “Get Social in the Garden”, a part of the All American Selections #AASWinners. The Garden is one of eight in Wisconsin that display vegetable and flower varieties who have been awarded this designation as an outstanding cultivar. For more information on the garden, upcoming events and blog posts go to the North Country Master Gardener Volunteers website at: https://www.northcountrymgv.org/
Save these dates for the other programs at the garden: the Twilight Garden Tour will be August 14 at 4:00 pm and on September 8 at 10:00 am the program will focus on harvest, seed savings and what was learned during this garden season.
Remember to bring your own lawn chair for the Meet Me in the Garden Seminar. The session is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine – please dress accordingly. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at the Station Building at W6646 Highway 70, Spooner. The garden is located on Orchard Lane, 1.5 miles east of Spooner on Highway 70 or 1/2 mile west of the Hwy 70/53 interchange. Watch for garden meeting signs.
For more information and a map visit the station’s web site at: http://spooner.ars.wisc.edu/ or contact Kevin Schoessow or Lorraine Toman at the Spooner Area UW-Extension Office at 715-635-3506 or 1-800-528-1914.
We are now looking to more natural environments that use less chemicals and effort to maintain. There is a tension between native vs. non-native, natural vs. formal, intentional vs. spontaneous, and rural vs. urban.
The current trend is to look to nature for inspiration. Some large, noteworthy urban gardens that illustrate a more natural environment include the High Line-Elevated NYC Park-Rail Trail, the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, and Parklands of Floyds Forks in Louisville, Kentucky.
Tom Smarr has been involved with each of these gardens and offered his philosophy on garden design.
For inspiration, check out these books:
Fun fact: According to Wikipedia ten of the most common cruciferous vegetables eaten by people are in the Brassica species. These vegetables are one of the dominant food crops worldwide. Commonly called cole crops in North America these foods are high in vitamin C and soluble fiber – in other words—very good for you.
This family includes cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, bok choy, and similar leaf vegetables. This post will focus on one that is especially suited to the north: Bok Choy. A cultivar of Brassica rapa chinensis (Pak Choi BOPAK F1) is now featured in the Teaching and Display Garden in an All-American Selection (#AASWinners) bed of Welcome to the Farmers Market Garden.
This is the first in a series of blog posts featuring the All American Selections Display Gardens.
Did you know:
It seems the garden season has barely begun and already plants are crowding each other. So out comes my pruning shears and by-pass pruner. Pinch and prune can refer to a variety of techniques including pruning, deadheading, pinching stems or buds, or cutting back leggy plants to shape, form and trim. It is usually species-specific and based on common sense. Don’t worry about hurting your plants by experimenting.
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