Newsletter 3 – March 19, 2009
May the best day of
your past, be the worst day of your future.
Spring, Sprang, Sprung
The calendar, along with the warm temperatures of the past
few days, has created quite a buzz around the greenhouse.
Many of you have called to chat, or stopped out to browse.
We are so delighted to hear from you.
The long months of winter, without the camaraderie of our
gardening friends, are at last gone.
And with their departure, we can celebrate the good days to come.
And I truly believe that there will be many, many good days to
In preparation for all the fun ahead, everyone at America’s
Best is busy planting and tending the small plants that will soon fill
your landscapes. Even
though our official opening day is April 1, we are always happy to see
you. If you have Spring
Fever, there is no better cure than to see absolute proof that spring is
here. Come on out today and see with your own eyes the thousands of
growing plants that fill our greenhouses.
While you’re here, we will be glad to help you in any way
we can. Even though we
aren’t completely organized, we are always happy to answer questions,
or help you find something you might need right now.
Come on out today. You’ll
be glad you did.
When I see a mud
puddle I step around it. I
see muddy shoes and dirty carpets.
My kids sit in it.
They see dams to build, rivers to cross and worms to play with! Joke 1
Nothing says optimism like the lowly garden seed.
Who would think that a tiny dried up piece of organic matter,
when placed in moist soil, could possibly become anything more than a
wet piece of organic matter? Even
though gardeners witness this miracle every year, it remains one of the
most amazing wonders in nature. If
you, too, want to be amazed, we invite you to stop out – drive right
by the closed sign – and pick up a few packages of seeds and the
supplies you need to get started. Growing
plants from seed has got to be one of the most rewarding experiences in
gardening, and now is the time to begin.
A smile is a curve that can set a lot of things straight.jjoke
Before you Tread in
As reported in the March 18, 2009 issue of the Wisconsin
State Journal, the soils of southern Wisconsin are saturated.
Twenty inches below the surface there is a 4 to 6 inch layer of
frozen ground which prevents surface water from draining.
In this situation, water fills the air spaces in the soil,
preventing it from breathing. The
problem is compounded when pressure is applied to the surface. You’ve all witnessed this when a vehicle was driven over a
lawn in the early spring and left ruts.
When we walk in the garden, a similar thing happens. Our weight compacts the soggy soil around the roots of our
plants, leaving less space for air after the soil dries up.
So, even though it’s sunny and warm, and there’s nothing you
would rather do than spend a day outside in your gardens, our advice is
to wait a bit. A few more
warm days will do a lot to improve the situation. For tips from Ilene, our perennial manager, on what you can
do outside right now, see below.
An optimist is a
person who starts taking a bath if he accidentally falls into a river.joke 3
By Ilene Isenberg, Perennial,
Tree & Shrub Manager
left tall grasses or flower stalks standing for winter interest,
you’ll want to trim them before the new growth begins.
Prune away dead or broken branches from trees and shrubs. Wait to prune flowering shrubs until after they bloom or
you’ll cut off this year’s flowers.
Pull up or dig out those dandelions and other perennial weeds
that have already made an appearance, if you can reach them from the
edges of your beds. If you
take an extra moment to make sure you get most of the root, you won’t
be fighting the same weeds later.
The sooner you fall
behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up .joke 4
4 -5 Sneak
Peek Weekend – Take a look at the new season’s offerings and
pickup a lovely blooming plant for your Easter table.
Egg Hunt 10 AM Join the Easter Bunny and our staff for this
‘Sweet’ event!’ Rain or Shine! - Children
6 and under, please
House - FREE hot dogs and popcorn 11-3 for our Loyalty
Day Celebration – FREE CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES 10-2 PM. Bring a
white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls and more!
Day - Receive a FREE Black Hills Spruce with purchase. While supplies last. Limit
1 per family.
for days of other spring events, including Container
The first Saturday in May is our annual “SALSA
SATURDAY,” when we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Latin
music, free samples of chips and salsa, and you can even plant a salsa
container that weekend at our workshop. We will give away a $50 gift
certificate for the best salsa in our Salsa
Special Mother’s Day
activities and free classes
on vegetable and perennial gardening will continue throughout the
season, along with our Make and
Take Workshops. We also promise many exciting surprises. Our goal is to hold
events that are interesting and helpful to our customers. Remember to
give us your input. We’re listening!
something you don’t get until just after you need it. joke 5
that spring has sprung, it’s time to enjoy springtime favorites, and
what better way than a delicious gourmet meal prepared on the grill.
Slice up some potato wedges, throw in a plastic Ziploc bag with a bit of
olive oil, salt and pepper to coat, and grill with the lamb chops and
asparagus. It doesn’t get better than this!
form Gloria De Laurentis Serves
large garlic cloves, crushed
T fresh rosemary leaves
T fresh thyme leaves
T extra-virgin olive oil
lamb chops, about ¾” thick
a food processor fitted with a metal blade, add the garlic, rosemary,
thyme, cayenne and salt. Pour in olive oil and pulse into a paste. Rub
the paste on both sides of the chops and let them marinate at least 1 hr
in the refrigerator. Remove from fridge and allow chops to come to room
temperature, about 20 minutes.
the grill to high and sear 2 minutes on first side, 3 on the next. For
medium rare and 3 ½ minutes for medium.
recipe originally called for the chops to be grilled on an indoor grill
pan, but I do mine on my gas grill.
Asparagus with Tangerine Mayonnaise
cups freshly squeezed tangerine juice
T coarsely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
and freshly ground black pepper
c extra virgin olive oil, plus more for tossing and brushing on
large bunches asparagus, about 2 pounds total, trimmed and cooked 2
minutes in boiling salted water, then cooled
curls of tangerine zest
chopped toasted hazelnuts or pine nuts, optional (I use pecans)
the tangerine juice in a small non-reactive saucepan and bring to a
boil. Cook until reduced to ½ cup. Cool
to room temperature.
the 2 tangerines, removing all the white pith and segment, over a bowl,
to catch both the segments and the juices. Cover
and refrigerate until cold.
the reduced juice, tarragon, egg yolk, salt and pepper to taste. Blend
in blender until well mixed. With the machine running, add the 1 cup
olive oil, at first by drops and then, as mixture emulsifies, in a thin
steady stream until all the oil is incorporated. Taste for seasoning,
Scrape into a jar, cover, and refrigerate until needed. You should have
about 1 2/3 c mayonnaise. Keeps 2-3 days, refrigerated.
the grill to medium. Toss the cooled asparagus with about 1 T olive oil
and season with salt and pepper. Grill, turning the spears as needed,
until they take on a little color and are just tender.
the asparagus on a platter with the reserved tangerine segments. Dot
with the mayonnaise, and drizzle with any tangerine juice left in the
bowl. Garnish with the zest and optional nuts.
note: Every cook has insecurities. One of mine is mayonnaise. I get
anxious until I see it coming together in the blender. If the mayonnaise
is too thick, thin it, with the machine running, by pulsing in a little
cool water. If you are concerned about raw eggs, use a pasteurized egg
product or egg substitute like Egg Beaters.
note: This mayo is delicious, but can take some time. I have also mixed
a little tangerine juice into Hellmann’s mayonnaise, added the
tarragon, and a touch of cayenne, and garnished with the zest and nuts.
It’s still pretty good. Or simply make the day ahead and refrigerate
to save time on the day of your lamb dinner.
Four high school
boys, afflicted with spring fever, skipped morning classes.
After lunch they
reported to their teacher that they had had a flat tire.
Much to their
relief, she smiled and said,
‘Well, you missed
a test today, so take seats apart from one another
and take out a
piece of paper.
Still smiling, they
found their seats.
Then the teacher
said, “First question.
‘Which tire was
flat?’I joke 6
SEE YOU SOON!!!
the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless