Info, Tips, & Recipes

Regrow Celery

Posted by Mimi's Garden, Inc. on November 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

After you cut the bottom off of a bunch of celery... don't throw it away!  You can easily grow a new bunch with just a couple steps!  This makes a great project for kids :)


Cut the end of the bunch off, and place it in a shallow dish of water.  Place in a sunny spot, but out of direct sunlight.  Replace water daily.  After about a week or two new leaves will start to sprout from the center of the bunch.  Keep the celery in water until roots sta...

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Prepping Brussel Sprouts For Freezing

Posted by Mimi's Garden, Inc. on November 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Brussel sprouts taste even better after a light frost... but you can't leave them outside forever!  When it comes time to harvest you may find you have more then you could possibly eat.  It is very easy to freeze them, but there is a little prep work involved if you would like them to taste good after thawing.  Best way to prep brussel sprouts for freezing is to blanch them.


Harvest your sprouts, cut the stems, pull off the outer leaves, and rinse off an...

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Protect Your Arms

Posted by Mimi's Garden, Inc. on October 21, 2012 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Saw this idea in the latest issue of Garden Gate and just had to try it! Now I don't have to wear long sleeves when I work with my tomato or zucchini plants (which tend to give me hives). Just take a long sock and cut the fingers out of it... then place your gardening gloves over them. Tried it and it works! Thank you Garden Gate Magazine for the wonderful tip! - Mimi's Garden

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Blossom End Rot, Tomatoes

Posted by Mimi's Garden, Inc. on July 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The extreme weather is taking it's toll, and the first real signs of damage are showing.  Typically we don't see ripened tomatoes in the garden until August, unless they are cherry tomatoes.  Surprisingly the beefsteak, although the fruits are small, are starting to turn red and it's only the secong week in July.

The problem is that the extreme heat, and lack of rain (been a month since our last rainfall) are creating less then ideal growing conditions.  I have had t...

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Giant Zucchini

Posted by Mimi's Garden, Inc. on July 8, 2012 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The one that got away... I was discussing this very topic with a gardening friend the other day... if you've ever grown zucchini then you are familiar with the mystery zucchini that suddenly appears, that you apparently missed, which has gotten too big to eat. I check my plants every day, yet this morning I found this guy! How did I miss that?! Sollution: You can let these go to seed and harvest for next years planting (or share the seeds with you friends, makes a cute little gift with a grea...

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Pallet Gate

Posted by Mimi's Garden, Inc. on May 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

So, I'm slightly addicted to the Gardening boards on Pinterest.  Sometimes I feel it should be called 50 things you can do with a pallet, though!  We recently replaced and repaired the split rail fencing in the garden, and added a few new gates for easier access.  I am a big fan of home made gates, all of mine are different and unique.  After installing a section of side fencing, but before installing a gate I was left with a gap.

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Posted by Mimi's Garden, Inc. on May 4, 2012 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Planting asparagus is so easy to do! It will take about 3 years before you will have stalks that are large enough to eat, but they are so low maintenance. The stalks are very unique if allowed to flower, they make a great addition to any garden. They can grow up to 4 feet, have foliage similar to the tiny leaves on a dill plant, and produce small yellow flowers. Check them every day for edible stalks as these stalks will very quickly grow to an inedible fiberous stalk. I keep them wrapped in ...

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Tomatoes... How to ripen green ones at the end of the season

Posted by Mimi's Garden, Inc. on May 4, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The end of the season has come, and the frost is on it's way. You may extent the season by covering your plants on cold nights, but that will only work for so long... eventually you will be stuck with those green tomatoes. There are some very tasty recipes out there for cooking and canning, but they will also continue to ripen off the vine. You can leave them on the counter and let nature take its course, but this takes a long time and you may have a rotten tomato before it ripens. I have fou...

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Pumpkins... How to ripen green ones at the end of the season

Posted by Mimi's Garden, Inc. on May 4, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

End of the season has come, and you may have a couple of pumpkins that haven't fully ripened. If you are only using the pumpkins for decorating purposes then the color doesn't really matter. They may still be carved, and if you would like you may paint them. But if you have the time you can still get them to ripen. Leave them on the vine as long as possible, but if the frost is coming, or they have broken off the vine, then you can still ripen them indoors. Place them in a well ventilated are...

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Starting Seeds

Posted by Mimi's Garden, Inc. on April 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Starting seeds indoors is a great way to get a jump on the growing season.  Depending on our zone, some plants need to be started indoors so they will have a long enough growing season.  First thing you will need to know is the last frost date for your area.  I have been burned before, so as a general rule I wait a couple more days.  Nothing worse then watching the plants you've been nurturing for 6 weeks die overnight due to a late cold snap.

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