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Roasted Parsnip and Carrot “Fries” Recipe

07 Mar

Root vegetables are a winter staple in most of the country: nutritious, comforting, and an essential part of nearly every worthwhile stew. But by the time February arrives, they can seem rather, well, boring. That certainly doesn’t have to be the case.

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The next time you’re looking for a sidekick to your stick-to-your-ribs entrée, or a healthy snack for your kids, push aside the worthy potato and consider parsnips and carrots. They’re cousins to each other, after all, each with their own sweet and nutritious kick. Parsnips, though less exciting in appearance, actually contain more vitamins and minerals than carrots, particularly when it comes to potassium. Plus, they’re a great source of fiber.

And when you roast them slowly with a touch of olive oil and sea salt, the natural sweetness intensifies, just as it does with carrots. The kids may never know they’re eating something so good for them.

Ingredients

  • 3 large parsnips
  • 3 large carrots
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 2 t kosher salt

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Peel parsnips and carrots, and slice into 1/3-inch strips
  3. Place parsnips and carrots in a large bowl and toss with olive oil and salt.
  4. Spread the vegetables on a large cookie sheet in a single layer.
  5. Roast for 15 minutes. Toss, and roast for 20 minutes more. The edges will be lightly browned, and the inside soft and chewy.

We really enjoyed all the helpful tips and the fun photos that we received from “Botanicle Interest” We hope you did to!

Seeds are in!

07 Mar

Well, it’s getting to be the time of year to start planting seeds. We pride ourselves in carrying the highest quality products. After careful research we are so excited to carry a collection from “Botanicle Interests” They are a fabulous supplier out of Colorado. They believe as we do, that in order to have a successful and beautiful garden you must first educate the consumer. They have taken the time to put helpful information inside and outside of the package.

seed-packages community_seed_to_saucepan On the outside of the package you will see a beautiful illustration of the variety as well as other important information like whether you should sow the seeds inside or outside, it tells you what time of year to sow them and how long it will take to see these beauties pop up. My absolute favorite part of these packets is on the inside…inside you will find delicious recipes, this way you achieve the absolute most from your work. As they say on their website, they take you “from seed to sauce pan”

What a wonderful reward to not only be able to grow these vegetables but to serve a sumptuous and enticing dinner! Planting a garden with children  can spark new interests and inspire them to try new and healthy foods. The following is a recipe that I got from their website and I hope it will be one of many more to come!

Corporate Incentive, Flowers & Plants in the Workplace

01 Mar

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Now that the recession is doing better and spring is just around the corner, let us put a smile on your face as you begin your work week. Recent research proves that flowers and plants in the workplace can not only beautify the surroundings but increase creativity amongst employees. (Sell that pitch to your employer and you can receive a $100.00 gift certificate to Cedar Grove Gardens). It shouldn’t be that hard a sell as I am speaking the honest truth.

It’s the first impression that lasts the longest. call us for a free corporate consultation. We work hard to understand what works best in your desired location. Whether it be a window display, a corporate reception desk, a restaurant or a hospital lobby, we will work together to find the appropriate design that fits your style.

If you refer Cedar Grove Gardens to someone who sets up weekly corporate designs from us, we will give you a gift certificate for $100.00 after 3 months of successfully servicing them. It’s that easy, let the referrals begin!

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Learn More About Compost

27 Feb

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Compost? Our first “Grubby Writer” article is written by Jeffrey Margulies of Roslindale:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Compost

Compost (play /ˈkɒmpɒst/ or /ˈkɒmpoʊst/) is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming. At the simplest level, the process of composting simply requires making a heap of wetted organic matter (leaves, food waste) and waiting for the materials to break down into soil after a period of weeks or months.

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make-a-garden-compost Let’s compost. It’s simple, safe and fun.   A composting bin is simple to set up. It’s safe from children and critters. It’s fun to walk outside, feel the sun and make an eco-deposit. We built a bin with wooden loading pallets, chicken wire and a front door on the bottom to extract the “black gold”.

You don’t need to do all the work. There are 2 composters I would recommend. At gardeners.com, check out the Deluxe Pyramid Composter (It comes in black and brown). Another favorite is at compostbins.com look at the Exaco Theramaquick 110 Gallon Recycled Plastic Compost Bin. With a name like that, you would think it would cost $599. but,you can buy it on sale for less than $100.

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Also think about the Single Bin Wire Composter. It’s a convenient and tidy way to store your leaves, grass clippings, weeds and other yard debris (no twigs)- they decompose really slowly). Both the bins appear to have good aeration, controlled entrance of water, a large opening on top for easy turning and stirring and a good sized door for easy access to your finished product. When you get the bin, till the soil underneath for drainage-there won’t be a bottom. Put a 6″ to 12″ mixed layer of leaves, grass,weeds, hay, straw, (not too many pine needles), and any kitchen scraps you’ve already accumulated, in the bottom of the bin. The more you shred, the faster everything will decompose.

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From here on, it’s really easy. Place a sealable container next to the sink for easy scraping of plates. A caveat: no citrus, meat, poultry or fish. Remember, the smaller the pieces, the quicker the decomposition. Deposit the contents every 3-4 days. Throw it all around. Drop a thin layer of your leaf, etc. mixture in the bin and stir it and turn it over a little. You don’t have to do this every time-just when you see the scraps accumulating. We’ve cut down on our trash by 75% and we don’t have to buy any “enriched soil”.

You’re going to have to wait for the warmer weather for decomposing to start. But it’s worth waiting for!

If you would like to guest blog join our “Grubby Writers” in writing helpful gardening tips, see our submissions blog for details, looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Call for Submissions “Grubby Writers”

18 Feb

fence It seems as though February just may be a quiet time for outdoor gardens, and with few visits from Jack Frost this winter, I am really eager for the spring and having intoxicating thoughts about getting down and dirty in my spring and summer garden. I am wondering who in our Neighborhood is having some of these same dirty thoughts? If you are passionate about gardening and enjoy writing, I would like to have you guest blog on our website. It is my intention to get a few good writers and a few good gardeners hand picked from our very own neighborhood, give them (you) recognition and share your passion and your knowledge about topics that you enjoy. They can be insightful, witty, edgy and/or entertaining, but they must be factual! If you would like to be a part of what I am calling our “Grubby Writers” by supplying content and photos and having us Publish them on our blog for everyone to read, please contact me. harrold.janet@gmail.com

Articles should be 500 words (give or take) and we maintain editors rights and can change words as we see necessary. This will be fun, I have listed a few Titles to get your creative juices flowing, you can choose one of these titles and run with it or you can choose one of your own. But, you must contact me first, this is not a paying position, just an opportunity to be involved in our community and to be recognized for your hard work. Have fun and be inspirational.

Our first “Grubby Writer” will be Jeffrey Margulies from Roslindale, he will be writing about “Compost, Compost, Compost” You can expect to read his Article next week and I hope to have you all sign up with me soon!

Other suggested Titles you can choose from include but are not limited to:

  • “Vegetable Gardens” (Beet the heat) (Stringin’ Beans)
  • “On the Edge” or “Edgy” (gardens that act as borders)
  • “Counting Birds” (things you can do to encourage wildlife)
  • “Wild about Susan” (wild flowers to include black-eyed susans)
  • “Herb Garden” (including recipes for rosemary chicken or Basil pizza)
  • “Fun things to grow in the City” (suitable for Urban cultivation)
  • “For less weeds toss seeds” (from seed)
  • “Garden Dilemmas”
  • “Garden Humor”
  • “Patty-O Perrennials” (container gardens for the patio)
  • “Cold Climate Gardening”
  • “The story of a Garden”
  • “Cold Frames”
  • “Only Organic”

Anyway, you get the idea, if you are interested in becoming one of our “Grubby Writers” email me harrold.janet@gmail.com looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Wedding Show at Cedar Grove Gardens

19 Jan

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Want to drop a really heavy hint in your loved ones direction? Saunter casually by our wedding (planning) open house.  We will have a beautiful assortment of wedding arrangements on display, as well as information available from other wedding vendors.

Wedding Show Dates / Times:

Friday February 3rd   5:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday February 4th  1:00-4:00 p.m.
Sunday (Superbowl) February 5th 11-2:00

It’s a nice relaxed time to wander through the shop, and we are here to discuss your needs if, perhaps, you have already decided to tie the knot and have questions about what flowers will be available on your wedding date, or which look might be right for your venue.

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This may be just what you need to keep the superbowl weekend testosterone surge at bay, so keep us in mind. No need to skip the nachos, but come get a sweet floral perspective on your future and let us answer any questions that you may have. Can’t wait to see you.

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The Superbowl of Wedding Shows

04 Jan

Calling all Brides…It’s getting to be that time again. Our annual Wedding Show. We traditionally have it here at the shop on Superbowl Weekend. With kick off in mind the hours will be: Friday Feb 3rd 5:30-7:30p.m. Saturday Feb.4th from 1-4 and Sunday Feb. 5th from 11-2:00p.m. Scroll below to view some of our past wedding shows.

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Our Superbowl of Wedding Shows will take place on the same weekend as the NFL Superbowl.  This wedding show is usually the most involved of our quarterly wedding shows. We highlight six to eight different approaches of floral decor for all the seasons of the year. You’ll find bouquets, personal flowers, ceremony and reception examples in various color directions and budget ranges.

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The show is great for us. The store has lot’s of room as we put away the last few remnants of the Christmas season, prepare for Valentines Day and the upcoming Spring holiday and gardening season. It is one of our most successful marketing programs of the year. We get to be the customer and the designer!!! Now how often do you think that happens?  It’s a great opportunity for us to experiment with different color mixes and textures. Our sole focus is to highlight our creativity and display the depth of the talent you’ll find here at Cedar Grove Gardens.

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We have a very talented group of people here with combined experience of well over 100 years in the floral business. I’ve been doing floral design at Cedar Grove Gardens for over thirty years now. I still learn new things on a regular basis from the gifted people that work alongside of me. My hair is gray now but my ideas are just as crisp as they were when I started ! This must be because the staff hasn’t put me out to pasture yet!! (I’m sure they are reading this and saying “maybe it’s time.”)

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We invite you to come by and see our ideas of various design and color approaches. We’ll be here to discuss how you might begin planning for your special event. You’ll appreciate our low key sales style. Bring a camera, talk to a photographer. Have a glass of wine or water, nibble on some cheese, get info on catering. Pick up info on some of our favorite venues that we have worked with.  Who knows maybe you’ll meet a dj?

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There is no cost and no obligation and we’ll be running a great promotion for people that eventually book with us as a result of attending this show. The possibilities are left to one’s imagination!

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Neponset River Watershed

04 Dec

neponset_dam_2 In keeping with my belief that every business and every individual needs to give back in order to move forward, I’d like to encourage everybody to consider a membership in the Neponset River Watershed Association. I am a member of the Board of the Association and became involved as an outgrowth of my representing Lower Mills on the future of the Baker’s dam. I learned a great deal about this organization working alongside a committed group of individuals such as Ian Cooke, President, and Steve Pearlman.  Also present were representatives of the State EPA, DCR and Riverways and Fisheries Departments and numerous others representing groups impacted by the Neponset.

Right now there is a matching pledge grant for new members to the Association. Your new membership of $35.00 or $50.00 is tripled during this holiday season. The Association can really benefit with each new membership. My life is built around horticulture, floriculture and the quality of the environment. Water plays a vital role in my business, but more importantly it is a requirement for life. Please consider joining or gifting a membership to help this Association raise the funds to continue it’s efforts to improve the water quality of the watershed as well as educate and improve the lives of all those that live in it now and those to follow……

Thanks for your consideration and I hope the Christmas and Holiday Season is joyous for all…

Richard

February 2011 Wedding Show

09 Jan

Last weekend was our largest wedding show of the year! This seasons wedding show was well attended  and gave us the opportunity to display our creative skills. We created this forsythia archway to act as a focal point.  It is a great opportunity to view numerous possibilities for everything floral used during a wedding celebration.From simple and clean to distinctive  and elaborate, this year’s show offered numerous possibilities.

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More photos of our wedding show that do a great job of showing the rich detail and color that we are recognized for!

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We aren’t afraid to use bold strong color or work with a softer pallette and convey the message you want to send.

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You see versions of high centerpieces and stand possibilities as well as bouquets such as this with hypericum berries & roses.

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Who would have thought that a simple bouquet of Carnations or Stock could pack such an elegant punch of color!

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Flower Girl pomanders and floral baskets were also on display.

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These bouquets of hydrangea, roses and grasses offer ideas that coordinate with the following photos of a table landscape appropriate for a seaside celebration!

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Sometimes the simpler aspects offer great opportunity for detail. These bouts and corsages do a great job of showing that the possibilities are endless!

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An Evening of Inspiration 2010

16 Nov

Pictures from our Evening of Inspiration held on November 5. Over eighty people joined us for two enjoyable, informative and entertaining evenings. The  evenings featured fine wine from Esprit du Vin, fine foods from Gourmet Caterer and sensible and approachable table decor and container gardening approaches for the upcoming season. Lisa continues to wow with simple and clean suggestions, while Bob DelBove and John Mazzone made clear that the garden season enters it’s fourth season with lots of options for exterior color. Richard followed up with various comments and the finale.

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The audience contemplates an awesome arrangement of flowers in tall cylindrical and round glass vases by Richard. This grouping contained parrot tulips, gardenias and freesia.

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Lisa arranges flowers in water with floating candles.

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Guests laugh along with Lisa during the presentation.

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Thanksgiving arrangements including a basket of birch boughs with pine cones, flowers and the lucious red seeds of an opened pomegranate. The basket in back is filled with gourds and roses.

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Richard and guests enjoy a lighthearted exchange.