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  • Just in Time for National Moth Week July 25, 2014
    The third annual National Moth Week is winding down.  This year it started last Saturday July 19 and runs through this coming Sunday, July 27, 2014.  The inaugural celebration was back in 2012 and I highlighted some of my favorite moths at the time in my weekly article. Moths serve as food for reptiles, birds […] We love hearing from you! Please click here t […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Buckwheat and the El Segundo Blue Butterfly July 24, 2014
    Nothing warms my heart quite like hearing the happy news that butterflies are flourishing~ somewhere.  Rarely do we get good news about our winged friends lately.  But this story is one of hope and promise! The El Segundo Blue (Euphilotes battoides allyni) is a pretty light blue butterfly that is found nowhere but in So […] We love hearing from you! Please c […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • The Wildlife Nursery July 22, 2014
      Gardening often provides the closest encounters we ever have with wild creatures.  It is a solace and a distraction in bad times, and a shared joy in good ones.  ~Ursula Buchan     When you establish a wildlife garden, you need to be aware that at some point in the spring, summer or fall you will […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all t […]
    Donna Donabella
  • The Good in Grapevines July 18, 2014
    I am sometimes dismayed by the rapid growth of my Muscadine grapevines (Vitis rotundifolia).  Then I spot a bird picking through them and I relax and am glad that I procrastinated on cutting back. Heck, this southeastern native vine can be cut back at any time. This past week I watched the cardinals dancing in […] We love hearing from you! Please click here […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • A Monarch Waystation in a Mall’s Landscaping July 17, 2014
    At the Healthy Living Market, which occupies the old JC Penny’s space in the Wilton Mall of Saratoga Springs, NY, there is a new Monarch Waystation site. I had the privilege of doing a landscape renovation to the surrounding island beds and sidewalk gardens this spring. We included many native perennials, and cumulatively the site […] We love hearing from yo […]
    Jesse Elwert
  • Smooth Sumac July 15, 2014
      Just a couple weeks ago, some of the bushes along my woodland edges were abuzz with pollinator activity. The flowers of Smooth Sumac, Rhus glabra, were the magnet.   Butterflies, including this Red-banded Hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops, were part of the crowd.   Honey Bees, gathering nectar, to help some bee keeper with his honey supply were also attracted. […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Sweet as honeyvine July 14, 2014
    This “weed” is a host plant Honeyvine milkweed (Cynanchum laeve) is a vigorous, perennial trailing vine that is native to our eastern and central states.  Some people consider it to be a nuisance “weed”, but I call it Monarch caterpillar food. Hardy hearts I like the honeyvine’s heart-shaped leaves and the fact that I never […] We love hearing from you! Plea […]
    Judy Burris
  • Yellow and Blue make Beauty in the Garden July 11, 2014
    When I see the bright yellow flowers of the Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista* fasciculata) I tend to think of Sulphur butterflies because it is a larval host for several members of the Sulphur butterfly family. The other day I was out enjoying the diversity of insect activity on the Partridge Pea plants back in my pond […] We love hearing from you! Please click h […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Tracking Down a Lonesome Dove July 11, 2014
    Boy, were husband Matt and I baffled when a friend sent us this picture of a bird nest on the ground, with chick and egg. “What is it?” he wanted to know. “Precocious young?” That was our first thought when seeing a feathered youngster next to an egg—that “precocial” youngster already had feathers when it hatched. […] We love hearing from you! Please click h […]
    Sally Roth

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In the Garden, Out of the Oven

We’ve been blessed with a mild, although dry, Autumn this year. Today was no exception with bright sunshine and nary a cloud to be seen. I checked the bulbs I (finally) planted to make sure the squirrels haven’t found them and picked a few China Rose radishes from the vegetable garden. The mild weather has kept the garden producing, ironically lack of rain has slowed it down. I’ve ordered row covers for next spring, but if they arrive before the ground freezes I may use them now for the fennel, beets, kale, radishes and cabbage lettuce. A few of the indoor Asian greens may be transplanted “under cover”, also. They’re very frost tolerant making them ideal candidates.

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For those (like me) that prefer a little spice with some sweet, here’s a recipe for snappy Ginger Crinkles. I baked a batch this afternoon when craving something ginger-y. For a sugar-restricted diet replace the sugar with one tablespoon powdered stevia and omit rolling the cookies in sugar; so yummy!

Ginger Crinkles:

  • 1c. white sugar or 1 Tbsp. powdered stevia
  • 3/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 1/4 c. dark molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. dried powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Mix sugar (or stevia), butter, molasses and egg until well combined. Stir in flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Roll cookies into 1″ balls and roll in sugar to coat. Bake in a 375 degree oven about 7 minutes for a soft cookie, 10 minutes for a crispier cookie. Remove from cookie sheet immediately and cool.

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Last but not least, I planted a few flower seeds for the indoor garden. Dwarf zinnias, French marigolds, Pansies and Alyssum. I may dig out a few more from the stash, but right now I have more seedlings to pot up. The eggplant and peppers are ready… five of each…that’s 100% germination! I love heirloom seeds…dependable, delicious and beautiful. Tomorrow I’ll share my all-time favorites and some new-to-my garden varieties I’m trying next year.

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