Cook up some terrific tomatoes!For the majority of the United States, tomatoes grow through the summer and into the fall. They last until the first frost, so now is a perfect time to make some delightful tomato recipes before the fall arrives.There are few things more satisfying than biting into a juicy tomato, fresh and sweet from the garden. Possibly the easiest way to eat a tomato is raw and cut into slices, with maybe a sprinkle of salt and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Here are a few other delightful options to enjoy summer’s last tomato harvest!Caprese Salad from Rachael RayIngredients:3 vine-ripe tomatoes, 1/4-inch thick slices1 pound fresh mozzarella, 1/4-inch thick slices20 to 30 leaves (about 1 bunch) fresh basilExtra-virgin olive oil, for drizzlingCoarse salt and pepperInstructions:Alternate the slices of tomato and mozzarella, placing a basil leaf in between each. Drizzle with olive...
We all love our dogs.As a pet owner, you want your dog to be able to enjoy your backyard, but as a homeowner you also want your yard to be in top shape! If you have a canine pal, there are certain things to keep in mind when looking to spruce up your yard or start a garden. With a little planning and training you can keep the damage to a minimum, while still allowing your dog safe yard access.Landscaping Your Yard and Training Your DogYour dog’s normal habits have the potential to do a number on your yard.Create a Potty AreaEncourage your dog to pick one area for urinating. Dog urine is acidic, and while you can tweak their diet to keep the pH balance healthy, it is a good idea to train them to urinate in a smaller area. If you want to go the extra mile, you can build a dog potty area, or purchase special “turf” for a potty area.Break the Bad HabitIf your dog likes to search for treasur...
Container gardens, also known as potted
gardens, are showstoppers for your landscape if you are lacking in
outdoor space, or if you just want to make a fun statement in your
garden. Potted plants have lots of gardening appeal, as they tend to
be portable, are easy to arrange for varying aesthetic purposes, and
they can make the most use out of small outdoor spaces.Many types of plants and vegetables
will flourish in containers as long as they are frequently watered,
and are planted in high-quality potting soil – not garden soil,
which is denser than potting soil. Other maintenance tips such as
mixing some kind of fertilizer into the potting soil and routinely
pinching off dead blooms will keep your potted plants looking and
growing their best throughout the seasons.
Different plants grow to varying sizes,
so it is important to match the container to each plant’s typical
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other
name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare must have known the worldwide love for
roses to mention their sweet fragrance in his writing. Roses are not only the
flower of love but are acclaimed to be the most popular flower worldwide. There
is no wonder why so many want a rose garden to be part of their landscape.
Maintaining a rose garden is an exciting activity but with many options for
fertilizers it can get overwhelming trying to choose the right one. Let us look
into a few different types of rose fertilizers so you can determine the best
option for your roses. Homemade Fertilizer There are a number of recipes for DIY fertilizer. SFGate
has a great article on homemade recipes using ingredients such as kelp,
molasses, coffee grounds, white vinegar, egg shells, Epsom salts, fish tank
water, and banana peels. Homemade fertilizers are a great ...
Summer is here and that means berries! Delicious blueberries, blackberries,
strawberries, and raspberries are all readily available and ripe throughout the
summer months. For a quick guide to what fruits are in season,
you can check the USDA seasonal produce guide here: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide. A lot of “in
season” berries can be found at your grocery store or local
farmer’s market for cheap
prices because they are abundant when they are in season. So, what to do with all those delicious berries? Here are a
few easy bar recipes to get you ready for a sweet summer! I have made all of
them, and let me tell you, they are crowd-pleasers! 100 Calorie Strawberry Oatmeal Bars from Well PlatedIngredients: 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour 1/3 cup light brown sugar1/4 teaspoon ground ginger1/4 teaspoon salt6 tablespoons unsalted bu...