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Ah, dirt. It is lovely stuff. Especially in a freshly turned over garden. Soil structure is an important component for a happy garden, and springtime is an excellent opportunity to amend your soil.

It is okay if soil quality is poor, that’s why there are amendments! Soil is something that is worked at, maintained, and given a certain amount of love. These nutritious additions come in many forms: manure, compost, leaf mulch, etc.

The important aspect in soil is organic matter, for healthy soil is home to worms and other organisms that keep the cycle of soil and plant life going. This week we’ve been hard at work adding compost to our raised beds to get them all set for the seedlings we have started. More on seedlings soon.

 
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Spring has sprung! Well, almost… Although there was a layer of snow on the ground just days ago, the signs of the arrival of spring are all around. After this long winter, seeing the bulbs emerge from the ground is a site for sore eyes! We, here at Sunny Point Café, are thrilled to gear up for the growing season. The tiny baby seedlings are emerging and garden plans are being set into motion… Look forward to sharing this season with you.

 
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SP-Garden-FirecrackerOne of my favorite flowering vines in the garden this Fall is the Firecracker Vine (Scientific Name: Mina Lobata). The blooms  transition from white-yellow-orange-red along the stem and are especially beautiful when the sun hits them and they seem to glow. As we head into October the vines are dense with flowers and quite spectacular. Look for them growing up our fences around the garden.

 

 

 
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Cucumber-watermelon-saladCucumber Watermelon Salad

  • 1/2 seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 4 lbs cucumbers, peeled and cubed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped mint
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 jalapeños, minced
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne

Mix all ingredients together. Chill for a cool refreshing summer salad. Garnish with mint.

Note: We’ve added some of our garden grown Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumbers to this salad. They look like miniature watermelons and have a more tangy/lemony flavor then regular cucumbers.

 

 
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SP-Garden-Dandelions2Bacon Dandelion Green Pesto

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup spiced pecans (see recipe below)
  • 1 cup packed fresh dandelion greens (stems removed)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Regiano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped crisply cooked bacon
  • 2/3 to 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

1. Place basil, dandelion greens, spiced pecans, garlic, parmesan, salt, pepper and bacon in the bowl of a food processor with a metal blade or blender.

2. While the machine is running, gradually add the oil to make a paste.

Turn into a storage dish and be sure to cover the entire surface of the pesto with a thin coat of olive oil to prevent discoloring. Pesto will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks, and it also freezes well.

Spiced Pecans

  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 °F. Place pecans in a small baking dish and add remaining ingredients. Toss together to combine, coating pecans well with spices. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove from overn and cool.