THE GARDEN BUZZ
Are you looking for an easy, non-toxic DIY cleaning spray? This antibacterial counter spray kills about 99% of germs. Spray on surfaces and let it sit for 4 minutes before wiping clean with a cloth. Wipe in one direction to not inadvertently re-contaminate the surface. Recipe courtesy lovetoknow.com
There's nothing like a hearty vegetable winter soup. It's a great way to get children to eat their colors with vegetables from your garden or local grocery store.
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1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion
4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
3 ribs celery, chopped
2-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups cauliflower florets
1 bunch Swiss chard, cut into one-inch pieces
1 cup red or green cabbage
1 28 ounces fresh or canned San Marzano diced tomatoes
1 19 ounce white beans, drained of liquid
1 32 ounces vegetable broth
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
4 sprigs fresh oregano, leaves chopped
6 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, leaves only chopped
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake
1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
Directions: Place a 3-quart pot over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the mirepoix mixture (onion, celery, carrot) the red pepper flake, bay leaf, and thyme sprigs. Saute until onions begin to look somewhat translucent. Add the white beans, San Marzano tomatoes, and vegetable broth. Bring to a simmer and add cauliflower, Swiss chard, oregano, parsley, garlic, and salt. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. Serve!
DIGS taught Mira Vista students how to grow Wheatheads at their homes! This easy activity teaches kids about home gardening in a fun and engaging way. Children express their emotions by drawing different facial expressions on paper and attaching it to the outside of the Wheathead container. When the grass has grown long, the children give the Wheathead a “haircut” and trim the wheat grass to put it in smoothies or salads for added nutrition! See the instructions below, courtesy of Life Lab, and some pictures from our DIGS lessons!
The "three sisters" are corn, beans, and squash (like zucchini). Native Americans planted them together in the garden because they help each other grow. The "three sisters" also work together to make a nutritious meal.
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