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April Gardening, 2017

Making our raised beds even better!

Dallas County Master Gardeners at The Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills

Upcoming Educational Events-Bring your friends and neighbors:

Saturday, April 8th , Spring Lawn Care by Stephen Hudkins and Jeff Raska at the Extension office, 10am until noon. Call the Master Gardener Help Desk for more information-214.904.3053.

Address: 10056 Marsh Ln Ste 101B, Dallas, TX 75229.

Saturday, April 15th, Updating the Home Landscape for Sun and Shade by Brad Sandy at Raincatcher’s, 10 until noon.

Address: 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas, 75229. 

Ann Lamb

Picture by Starla Willis

Spring Is In The Air-Raised Bed Gardening

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Recap of Jeff’s advice:

  • Top 12 inches of a raised bed should be a mixture of loamy soil amended with finished compost. We like homemade compost but it can also be purchased at garden centers by the bag or in bulk from companies who make it. Raised bed prepared mix by bag or bulk can also be purchased with compost already included.
  • Bottom portion of your raised bed could be hardwood mulch or even cut logs
  • 1/4 inch galvanized hardware cloth can be placed under the soil to deter unwanted critters from entering the bed by digging under it

What’s growing at The Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills?

Garlic, potatoes, onions, spinach, leeks, radish, and mesculun were planted earlier.

Tomato varieties, Black Krim, Celebrity, Sun Gold, and Green Zebra have been planted. We were able to plant them in late February  because of our early spring weather.

Raincathcer’s will also be planting a Three Sisters vegetable bed, Ambroisa melon, okra (of course!) and peppers.

Ann Lamb

Thank you Jeff Raska, Dallas County Horticulture Program Assistant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations Again!

2016 Master Gardener Graduating Class

2016 Master Gardener Graduating Class

We salute the Dallas County Master Gardeners Class of 2016, who have already contributed 5002 total hours to Dallas County at a value of $118,000. 20 interns of that class have already each volunteered 100 hours or more! After a year filled with 72 hours of class time and at least 72 hours of volunteer work, 47 members of the Class of 2016 have graduated to become Certified Master Gardeners!

The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer development program offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, which is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve the quality of life through horticultural projects. What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, persons who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their local Extension office to provide horticulture-related information to their communities. The Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills is just one of many Master Gardener projects that enrich the community and provide opportunities for volunteers to continue learning and share their knowledge with the public.

We recently celebrated the graduation of these newly minted Master Gardeners with a ceremony and reception, where we served this gluten-free dessert. We received so many requests for the recipe that we thought we would share it with you all. We usually share garden-inspired recipes here, but you could say this is “gardener-inspired.” I make batch after batch of this at the holidays – it looks so pretty packaged in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon. And it’s always nice to be able to offer something gluten-free for your guests that might have food sensitivities. Make this easy bark any time!

chocolate-bark

Festive Chocolate Bark

Ingredients

1 cup shelled salted pistachios (about 1/2 pound if you’re starting with nuts in the shell)

12 ounces semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips work fine)

8 ounces white chocolate

3/4 cup dried, sweetened cranberries

Directions

If using raw pistachios, sprinkle with salt and lightly toast the nuts on a baking sheet in a 350⁰ oven for about 10 minutes and allow to cool.

Melt the semisweet chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, uncovered, on medium power for 2–3 minutes, stopping the microwave to stir once or twice. If using baking squares, chop them up to help the chocolate melt more uniformly. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. Melt the white chocolate separately following the same directions for 1–2 minutes, taking care not to overheat.

In a small bowl combine nuts and cranberries, then stir half of them into the semisweet chocolate. Using a spatula, spread the mixture to about a 1/2-inch thickness on a large cookie sheet. Drop the white chocolate by tablespoonfuls over the dark. With the tip of a butter knife, swirl the chocolates together to create a marbled effect. Sprinkle on the rest of the nuts and berries and lightly press them into the chocolate mixture.

Refrigerate the bark for about an hour or until firm, then break into pieces. Store the bark in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month (I find it keeps for much longer). Makes about 1 3/4 pounds.

Enjoy!

Lisa Centala

Congratulations!

 

2016 Master Gardener Graduating Class

2016 Master Gardener Graduating Class

We salute the Dallas County Master Gardeners Class of 2016, who have already contributed 5002 total hours to Dallas County at a value of $118,000. 20 interns of that class have already each volunteered 100 hours or more! After a year filled with 72 hours of class time and at least 72 hours of volunteer work, 47 members of the Class of 2016 have graduated to become Certified Master Gardeners!

The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer development program offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, which is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve the quality of life through horticultural projects. What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, persons who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their local Extension office to provide horticulture-related information to their communities. The Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills is just one of many Master Gardener projects that enrich the community and provide opportunities for volunteers to continue learning and share their knowledge with the public.

We recently celebrated the graduation of these newly minted Master Gardeners with a ceremony and reception, where we served this gluten-free dessert. We received so many requests for the recipe that we thought we would share it with you all. We usually share garden-inspired recipes here, but you could say this is “gardener-inspired.” I make batch after batch of this at the holidays – it looks so pretty packaged in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon. And it’s always nice to be able to offer something gluten-free for your guests that might have food sensitivities. Make this easy bark any time!

chocolate-bark

Festive Chocolate Bark

Ingredients

1 cup shelled salted pistachios (about 1/2 pound if you’re starting with nuts in the shell)

12 ounces semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips work fine)

8 ounces white chocolate

3/4 cup dried, sweetened cranberries

Directions

If using raw pistachios, sprinkle with salt and lightly toast the nuts on a baking sheet in a 350⁰ oven for about 10 minutes and allow to cool.

Melt the semisweet chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, uncovered, on medium power for 2–3 minutes, stopping the microwave to stir once or twice. If using baking squares, chop them up to help the chocolate melt more uniformly. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. Melt the white chocolate separately following the same directions for 1–2 minutes, taking care not to overheat.

In a small bowl combine nuts and cranberries, then stir half of them into the semisweet chocolate. Using a spatula, spread the mixture to about a 1/2-inch thickness on a large cookie sheet. Drop the white chocolate by tablespoonfuls over the dark. With the tip of a butter knife, swirl the chocolates together to create a marbled effect. Sprinkle on the rest of the nuts and berries and lightly press them into the chocolate mixture.

Refrigerate the bark for about an hour or until firm, then break into pieces. Store the bark in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month (I find it keeps for much longer). Makes about 1 3/4 pounds.

Enjoy!

Lisa Centala

Onion Planting at The Raincatcher’s Garden, 2017

It’s January and time to plant onion sets! Onion sets can be purchased at your local garden center. Sets are immature bulbs that were started from seed the previous year. The seed are sown closely so that they stay small and then pulled when they are about a half an inch round. Onion sets are inexpensive and contain about 75 onions. At Raincatcher’s we are planting Red Creole, Early White, and Super Sweet. Next week- Lancelot Leeks.

Dallas Garden Buzz is loaded with onion stories and recipes. Type onion in the search box to catch up on alliums!

Video by Starla Willis

Onion Planting by Dorothy Shockley

Ann Lamb

And did you know…

Thank you from The Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills!

Spring at Raincatcher’s Garden 2016

“A little Madness in the Spring is wholesome even for the King.”
― Emily Dickinson

Take a walk with us through our garden to see some of our spring madness!

'Annelinde' peony-type tulip

‘Annelinde’ peony-type tulip

Iris 'Frothingslosh'

Iris ‘Frothingslosh’

Peach Tree Bloom

Peach Tree Bloom

Pear Tree Bloom

Pear Tree Bloom

Plum Tree Bloom

Plum Tree Bloom

Ground Orchid, Bletilla striata Blooming in our Courtyard

Ground Orchid, Bletilla striata Blooming in our Courtyard

Cultivate Garden Thoughts by reviewing:

Our Orchard Varieties listed on the right, front page under Raincatcher’s Resources

Blooming Bulbs 

Daffodils, Jonquils, Narcissus

If you are like me, you have fallen in love with the Pink Tulip and Ground Orchid shown above.  Order them for your garden and help ours. The Raincatcher’s Garden receives a portion of your order at Brent And Becky’s fundraising site Bloomin’ Buck$ (www.bloominbucks.com).

Ann

Pictures by Starla

 

 

Rain Garden Education, 3-01-2016

Rain Garden Class and Installation

9-10am Lecture in the Community Hall

10am-1pm (or as long as it takes!) Installation in the east lawn Tuesday, March 1st

Location: 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas 75229

A Rain Garden is a planted shallow depression in the landscape that collects and stores rainwater runoff from roofs and other impervious surfaces until it can infiltrate the soil. Also known as bioretention areas, rain gardens are planted with appropriate hardy and attractive plants to provide color and beauty to the landscape and help conserve water and protect streams and rivers from pollution and erosion. Our training will prepare you to capture and conserve rainwater in a beautiful garden.

Led by specialists from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service:

Dr. Fouad Jaber, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Integrated Water Resources Management, and Dr. Dotty Woodson, Extension Program Specialist, Water Resources

You will learn:

  • Site selection
  • Design considerations
  • Materials Needed
  • Appropriate plant choices for Dallas County

Open to the public. Stay for just the class or help as long as you can in the garden – all are welcome. The class will also qualify as Master Gardener education hours.

In case of rain, please check dallasgardenbuzz.com for further information.

 

Learn the Square Foot Gardening Concept

Rain or Shine, Come to our Square Foot Gardening Class, Tuesday, February 23 at 11am

at The Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills

 

Taught by Stephen Hudkins, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Dallas County Master Gardener Coordinator.

We will meet in the Vegetable Patch. If raining, go to Fellowship Hall.

 

Address: 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas, 75229

Public Welcome, Master Gardeners can receive education credit.

 

Rain Garden Class

Dallas has had record rainfall  in 2015 totaling 57.95 inches. Could homeowners be doing something to slow and/or lessen storm water runoff, create less pollution in runoff, or direct water that falls on your property so that groundwater supplies are replenished? Dr Fouad Jaber will address these subjects next Tuesday.

Date: Tuesday, December 8

Time: 10:00 am

Place: The Raincathcher’s Garden of Midway Hills (we will meet in fellowship all)

11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas 75229

Cost: Free!

Master Gardeners can receive one hour of education credit

This class is open to the public. Bring a friend, all welcome.

Record Rainfall Data

Video by Starla

Ann

Information about our speaker, Dr.Fouad Jaber:

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Integrated Water Resources Management
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
972.952.9672
f-jaber@tamu.edu

Dr. Jaber’s research emphasis is integrated water resources management. His area of study is focused on best management practices to mitigate the harmful effects of urbanization on storm water volume and water quality. He test the effectiveness of green infrastructure (GI) and low impact development (LID) practices such as porous pavement, bio-retention areas, green roofs, rainwater harvesting and wet detention ponds. Dr. Jaber also conducts research in water reuse in urban settings including grey water and A/C condensate reuse.

 

 

We are Thankful

For Friends that have become Family

Dallas County Master Gardeners from The Raincatcher's Garden at the Craft Fair

Dallas County Master Gardeners from The Raincatcher’s Garden at the Craft Fair

For a place to garden and share

Midway Hills Christian Church-The Site of our New Raincatcher's Garden

Midway Hills Christian Church-The Site of our New Raincatcher’s Garden

For a time to sow and a time to reap

Chow Chow, Mustard Greens and Turnips

Chow Chow, Mustard Greens and Turnips

Harvest Blessings to You !

Everything by Starla!

 

 

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