Meet Meems: A fellow Saturday6 blogger hosts a Troy-Bilt demo and garden Q&A

From Hoe and Shovel…

Meet Meems :: Saturday6 Gardening Q & A at Lowe’s

Cynthia Glover

Cynthia “Meems” Glover from Hoe and Shovel
http://www.hoeandshovel.com

Cynthia lives and gardens in her beloved native state of Florida only a short distance from the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico. She is a blogger, freelance writer, amateur photographer, Master Gardener, and garden coach. Cynthia specializes in Florida-friendly and native plants, while steadfastly adhering to “right-plant, right place” in her mostly shady garden.  It is her passion to share and teach all she’s learned while gardening in a challenging growing climate and to inspire hopeful gardeners to enjoy their gardens, too.

Troy-Bilt has teamed up with six bloggers from across the country calling us the Saturday6. And guess what? I’m one of the Saturday6! Isn’t that exciting!!

THIS SATURDAY I’ll be on hand to answer your gardening questions at the New Tampa Lowe’s.

Here’s ALL the scoop

Where:
Outside the garden center under the tent
New Tampa Lowe’s Store (#1003)
6201 Commerce Palms Dr.
Tampa 33647

When:
May 21, 2011, Saturday
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

What:
Troy-Bilt representative will be there with products available to test run and I’ll be on hand to answer gardening questions. Sound like fun?

All we need is YOU to join us and make the day a success!

 

Photo: Microgreens – You can try this yourself

One of the big (?) products at Chef’s Garden, Inc. is microgreens. While you might typically think of bean sprouts and other sprouted seeds, microgreens cover much wider ground. They include items like micro-arugala and various types of basil, pea sprouts, mints, and even sweet corn shoots. They also sprout some seeds in the dark to produce a pale, and differently flavored version.

Microgreens

What microgreens bring to the plate is flavor — incredibly intense bursts of flavor. The arugala we tasted popped in your mouth like a little piece of mustardy fire. You wouldn’t want large portions of this in your salad, but much like adding a chopped chili there is a capriciousness that beings a new level to your dishes.

Do it yourself!

Watching their large operation, it struck me that nearly anyone could produce their own microgreens at home. It takes a little care, and is a little intensive, but I think it could easily be done. It might be something special you could do for a party or event.

As you can see, the containers are planted quite densely, as you aren’t intending to let any of the plants grow to full size. You are going to harvest them with scissors within a week or so of them sprouting. If you like, you could also then transplant some of the sprouts into larger pots and grow them to full size, so you don’t feel as if you are “wasting” anything.

With the kids

I could see this as a great project for kids, too, as it produces results in just about a week. You can go from container to plate in a time frame that most kids can understand and appreciate. The intense flavors of the greens have a purity and a strength that might even be able to compete with the usual diet of sugary sodas, sour candies and snack foods. You might give your kids a new “extreme food” to share with their friends. (SMILE)

You don’t need to be an A-Level chef to appreciate what microgreens bring to the plate. As a gardener, you can easily give it a try right in your own backyard.

Check out my Flickr Photostream for more picture from my Ohio Trip to Chef’s Garden, the Culinary Vegetable Institute and Troy-Bilt, Inc.

Join me in Northridge, California this Saturday for Troy-Bilt product demos and gardening Q&A.

Disclosure: This post is in conjunction with my paid partnership as one of the Saturday6 from Troy-Bilt. All thoughts are my own.

I Like This – May 20, 2011

    A collection of gardening items I found interesting this week.

  • Jacaranda Tour and a purple food recipe at the end, – May 16, 2011 – I love the purple jacaranda blossoms that cover the city this time of year. Some complain about the sticky blossoms that fall, but it seems a small price to pay for such a startling display of purple. Here in LA we have entire streets lined with the trees and it is a bit surreal to suddenly turn down a street that looks like the Wizard of Oz or other Technicolor film.

    Billy2U on YouTube posted this cool video and even included a recipe for eggplant hummus at the end, just to keep you in the purple mode. (LAUGH)

  • Altoids Tin Mini Garden – May 16, 2011 – For those of you who simply can’t be without a little green space, no matter where you may be, here is a neat method of growing sprouts, or any small seeds, in an altoid tin. This could turn out to be a great kids project, too.
  • How Soil Quality Impacts Flavor and Nutrition of Food – May 15, 2011

Video: The Jacarandas are in bloom

I love the purple jacaranda blossoms that cover the city this time of year. Some complain about the sticky blossoms that fall, but it seems a small price to pay for such a startling display of purple. Here in LA we have entire streets lined with the trees and it is a bit surreal to suddenly turn down a street that looks like the Wizard of Oz or other Technicolor film.

Billy2U on YouTube posted this cool video and even included a recipe for eggplant hummus at the end, just to keep you in the purple mode. (LAUGH)

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View video on YouTube

 

 

Video: Hummingbird around water fountain – Short – 8 secs

A very short video of the hummingbird the flit around my head as I worked in the garden today. Look sharp and you will see it.

hummingbird

Watch “Hummingbird around water fountain” – iPod Ready Video

Elsewhere Online: The Unsung Heroes of the Shade Garden By fellow Saturday6 member Kylee Baumle

Baumle

The Unsung Heroes of the Shade Garden By Kylee Baumle

If I’m asked one question about what to plant more than any other, it’s this: “What do you recommend for planting in shade?” That’s a loaded question, because there’s more to consider than just the light level. That’s a loaded question, because there’s more to consider than just the light level. There’s the soil type, whether or not it’s dry or wet, and is it truly all shade or does it get some direct sun? And do you want color, foliage or both? Perennials or annuals?

Read the entire article

Check out Kylee’s blog, Our Little Acre

Disclosure: This post is in conjunction with my paid partnership as one of the Saturday6 from Troy-Bilt. All thoughts are my own.

Yellow Roses…in the neighborhood

A quick post to show some things blooming in my neighborhood this week.

Yellow Roses

Join Kylee Baumle in Findlay, Ohio for a Saturday6 Garden Q&A and Troy-Bilt product demo – Sat., May 21, 2011

It’s Gardening Time in Ohio!

Saturday6 logo

Garden Q&A and Product Demo

Join fellow Saturday6 member, Kylee Baumle at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Findlay, Ohio on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10am-1p.

Troy-Bilt area manager, Scott Jennings, will have a selection of Troy-Bilt equipment and tools for you to test out and together they’ll have lots of great gardening conversations, Q&A and more!.

When: Saturday, May 21, 2011 – 10am-1pm

Where: In the Tent, Lowe’s Home Improvement, 1077 Bright Rd., Findlay, OH 45840 [Map]


Who are the Saturday6!

Direct from their backyards, these bloggers share their trials, tribulations and triumphs in all things lawn and gardening. Now, they’re teaming up with Troy-Bilt® to bring you their best tips and tricks to help make your Saturday in the yard a rewarding one. Let us introduce you to the Saturday Six. In coming months, you will see more from this talented group in The Dirt with how-to videos, sharing favorite lawn and gardening projects, product reviews and giveaways, as well as out and about at local Lowe’s® stores.

Kylee Baumle from Our Little Acre http://ourlittleacre.blogspot.com/ Kylee Baumle lives and gardens in Zone 5b in northwest Ohio, where she tames the native clay to produce vegetables, fruits, and as many annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees as she can fit onto an acre surrounded by rural farmland. Author of the popular gardening blog, Our Little Acre, Kylee is a freelance writer and photographer who feels fortunate to have a husband who sometimes joins in on her gardening projects and who loves cats as much as she does.

Douglas E. Welch from A Gardener’s Notebook http://douglasewelch.com/agn Born in the epitome of small town America – New London, Ohio – Douglas Welch spent many summers digging and planting vegetables in his grandmother’s garden or driving a tractor on his family’s small soybean farm. Computer work called him to the big city of Los Angeles, but he managed to take a piece of Ohio with him. When he and his wife bought their first home, they inherited an overgrown, 10 year old garden. He has spent his years renovating what was a meticulous Japanese garden into a small piece of woodland among the urban cement. This double life illustrates his belief that balance in this modern world requires a combination of high-tech and high-touch living. Douglas’ gardening column and podcast, A Gardener’s Notebook, began in 1996 and is available at DouglasEWelch.com/agn.

Jennah Watters from Jennah’s Garden http://www.jennahsgarden.com/ After a lifetime of consciously avoiding helping her mother garden, Jennah started gardening voluntarily in 2007, when she and her husband bought their first home. It came with only a few sad, half-dead bushes and one all-the-way-dead mum. (Things are much better now.) Notorious for moving plants several times before being content with their location, Jennah gardens by trial and error, and attempts not to dwell on the error. She is wife to a deputy sheriff and mom to two cats and one dog, and hopes to one day be as good a gardener as her grandparents.

Cynthia “Meems” Glover from Hoe and Shovel http://www.hoeandshovel.com Cynthia lives and gardens in her beloved native state of Florida only a short distance from the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico. She is a blogger, freelance writer, amateur photographer, Master Gardener, and garden coach. Cynthia specializes in Florida-friendly and native plants, while steadfastly adhering to “right-plant, right place” in her mostly shady garden. It is her passion to share and teach all she’s learned while gardening in a challenging growing climate and to inspire hopeful gardeners to enjoy their gardens, too.

Gina Thomas from My Skinny Garden http://www.myskinnygarden.com Gina lives and gardens in the Chicagoland area, zone 5b. One summer day in 2007, she decided to grow an organic tomato – four years later, most of the yard of her small house has been replaced by vegetable and perennial gardens. While she still considers herself a novice gardener, killing the occasional plant, every now and then, she grows something phenomenal or builds something interesting. Her greatest gardening accomplishments are the cedar pergola built over a weekend with good friends, raised vegetable beds she constructed herself, and the trip to Las Vegas she won in a tastiest tomato contest. Her philosophy is simple – grow, marvel, eat, laugh, persevere. Gina is a part-time freelance writer and the cofounder and vice president of Forest Park Community Garden, a nonprofit 501(c)3 dedicated to educating the community on building organic sustainable food systems. Gina chronicles her gardening and DIY conundrums at her blog My Skinny Garden.

Mark Clement from MyFixitUpLife http://myfixituplife.com Mark Clement is a licensed contractor, co-hosts the live radio show MyFixitUpLife with his wife Theresa, regularly contributes to “Extreme How-To” magazine, “Professional Deck Builder” magazine, AOL’s DIY Life, DIYNetwork.com, HGTVpro.com, OldHouseWeb, “Old House Journal,” and has been a featured guest on DIY Network, Discovery Channel, HGTV and PBS.

Disclosure: This post is in conjunction with my paid partnership as one of the Saturday6 from Troy-Bilt. All thoughts are my own.

Project: Altoids Tin Mini Garden from Instructables

For those of you who simply can’t be without a little green space, no matter where you may be, here is a neat method of growing sprouts, or any small seeds, in an altoid tin. This could turn out to be a great kids project, too.

 

Altoids Tin Mini Garden

by mischka

Altoids Tin Mini Garden

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You dont have an own garden, but like to live in a green environment? Why dont you make an Altoids Tin Mini Garden for your desktop? Use an empty Altoids tin. Put in a piece of tissue, add garden cress seeds and water and wait 3 days. Dont forget to keep your seeds wet.

Jumpstart comic talks urban gardening…a little

I thought this Sunday’s Jumpstart comic was quite funny and slips in a reference to urban gardening, too.
Jump Start