Easy Peasy Lettuce

Steady moisture and cool temperatures are perfect for growing lettuce. Lettuce grows best in full sun, except during hot weather when shade is required to keep the plant from getting bitter. All lettuces do well in containers, a single head can be grown in a small 1 gallon pot--so don't let the size of your garden keep you from enjoying fresh lettuce. Here are a few suggestions for growing lettuce: Prepare your soil by mixing a 1/2 inch layer of compost and sprinkling of organic fertilizer into the top 6 inches of soil. Be sure to read the fertilizer label for proper application. Sow seeds 1/4 inches deep. Keep rows spaced about 12-18 inches apart so that the lettuce plants have air aroun

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cookies

Ingredients 1/2 cup Butter 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 1/2 cup White Sugar 1 Egg 1 tsp. Vanilla 21/2 cup Flour 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder (light or dark) 1/2 tsp Baking Soda 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 1/2 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 2 cups Zucchini 1 bag of Chocolate Chips (semi-sweet or dark) Beat first five ingredients til creamy. In separate bowl combine next six ingredients. Add zucchini and stir then add flour mix and stir til combined and last the chocolates. Put on cookie sheet and bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes depending on size. They are cake like and very tasty. Enjoy!!!

Build Your Own Backyard Cloche

Cloche (pronounced klosh) is a type of structure used to cover plants to protect them from cold or windy weather. They can be portable or permanent structures but are actually quite straight forward to build if you can use a few simple tools. Get instructions

Safe Canning

If you have had a successful year in your garden or purchased an abundant amount of fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmer's markets, farm stands, or direct from local growers, it’s time to put that food away for the winter! There are several choices for over wintering produce. Your main objectives should be safety and preservation of flavor and nutrition. The resources listed below from OSU Extension will give you careful advice and processes for the best food storage systems. OSU Food Preservation website Food and Safety Hotline 1-800-354-7319 (toll-free) Active from July to October 9 AM to 4 PM Monday - Friday

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