The Best-Ever Garden Salad Recipe (Also known as the Beyond Be-Leaf Garden Salad)

From The Looneyspoons Cookbook by Janet and Greta Podleski

5 cups shredded or torn lettuce — your choice, romaine, green leaf or mixed
1 cup chopped radicchio
1 cup alfalfa sprouts
1 cup grated carrot
1 small red onion sliced thinly into rings
8 cherry tomatoes cut into halves
24 thin slices of English cucumber (no need to peel it)
1 cup of Seasoned Croutons (recipe follows)
Tangy Vinaigrette Dressing (recipe follows)

If you have your ingredients assembled as discussed in the ingredient list, you have already done most of the work. The Looneyspoons cookbook recommends dividing the ingredients evenly onto four serving plates, drizzling the salad dressing over the salads and serving immediately.

Since I usually make this salad for potluck affairs, I usually prepare the ingredients and mix the lettuce, radicchio, sprouts, carrots and ontions together in my serving bowl. Then I put the cherry tomatoes and the cucumber slices in a second small container and the croutons in a third. When it is time to eat the salad, I throw everything into the bowl, add the dressing and mix.

This salad really is delicious. The recipe always wins rave reviews.

Serves 4.

June 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

My Father the Assassin

Growing up with a wannabe hitman taught me a thing or two about getting rid of things that annoy you. He would spend countless hours crouched in postion waiting for the right moment to take the shot, Much to his dismay, he never actually hit his target. Fortunately for dad, the squirrels and crows couldn’t shoot back.

These crafty birdfeeder bandits were the bane of his existence until I bought him a SquirrelStop for Father’s Day.

June 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

June Gardening Tips

Beware of the slugs! Check for slugs during rainy periods and handpick the little suckers (gross but necessary). Don’t forget to remove deadheads (and I’m not talking about the ones forming a drum circle around their VW camper van)

It’s important to remove dead flower heads at this time of year to allow new buds to bloom. Mid to late June is an ideal time to take softwood cuttings of shrubs to start new plants.

Once you’ve de-slugged your garden, you can take advantage of the cool, wet weather by planting lettuce and other leafy greens that do well in cool, moist soil.

See below for a great salad recipe!

June 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm 1 comment

Gardening Tips for May

It’s starting to warm up and that means it’s time to get those veggies planted. Some varieties that are good to get into the ground in May are:

– Beetroot
– Onions
– Beans (all types)
– Fennel
– Carrots
– Salad Leaves

It’s also the right time to give everything a good feeding and to turnover your compost pile (especially if you haven’t tended to it throughout the winter)

May 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

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May 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

Guardin’ Your Garden

When I bought my first home a few years ago, I wanted to see if green thumbs were a hereditary trait so I decided to start a garden. My parents were avid gardeners, but alas, this skill has seemingly skipped a generation. After spending a small fortune on annuals and perennials, shiny new gardening tools, and enough fertilizer to put me on the homeland security watch list, I spent the weekend planting my new garden. Much to my dismay, the only thing I accomplished was setting the table for an all-you-can-eat neighbourhood buffet. The local bunnies seemed to really enjoy the freshness of the offerings and the raccoons were thrilled to find an abundance of worms in the expensive soil I had purchased.

The average homeowner will spend close to $500 on garden plants and supplies this year. Fortunately there are effective ways to protect your investments this season.

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May 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm Leave a comment

5 Tips for Gardening in Cool Weather

1. Plant summer bulbs such as gladiolus and dahlias;
2. Start weeding the garden (groan);
3. Plant early potatoes such as Yukon Gold and Pontiac varieties;
4. Plant cool weather veggies and flowers;
5. Plant fuchsias and red hot pokers to attract hummingbirds!

May 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

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