Monday, May 4th, 2020
Planting Root Vegetables
Vegetables with an edible part that grows under the soil are known as root vegetables! These include: carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips, radishes, and potatoes.
Seeding Root Vegetables:

  1. Find a place to plant
  2. Make trenches in the soil- 1/4 inch deep for carrots, 1/2 inch for beets
  3. Sow seeds at the correct spacing- around 1 inch apart. Alternatively, you can sprinkle seeds and thin them to the correct spacing after they sprout.
  4. Place labels
  5. Cover your seeds loosely with soil
  6. Water! Carrot seeds should stay moist while germinating. Covering with mulch such as seaweed or straw can help, but isn't essential.
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Middletown Nursery
Monday-Saturday 9-4
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Sow True Seeds

Eden Brothers

This week, try making a viewable root garden!

Materials: A clear container with drainage holes (a plastic drink cup or a CD case with the paper removed both work well), potting soil, carrot seeds

  1. Fill your container with soil. If using a CD case, fill just enough so the case can still close. It works best if you orient it so the hinge is at the top, so you can water your seeds.
  2. Place a few carrot seeds near the top, and cover with a little more soil. If using a clear cup, plant your seeds close to the edges
  3. Gently water your seeds. Keep them damp by watering every day while the seeds are germinating.

As the seeds grow, you will see the sprout growing on top of the soil, while also watching the root grow through the plastic!

If you're feeling more ambitious, try these directions for another type of DIY root viewer
Kids Cooking Videos

Calling all young chefs! We want to see what recipes you've been making at home! Send us a recipe along with a short video of you walking us through the steps of preparing one of your favorite snacks, and we'll share it on our website for others to try.

If you need inspiration, check out past Harvest of the Month recipes on our website!

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Recipe of the Week
Let's celebrate the start of May with a Harvest of the Month Recipe by Chef Gabrielle Chronister!
*There are no exact measurements. It's all based on taste and what you have on hand!

  • Fruit: watermelon, pineapple, berries or citrus (peel citrus before infusing to avoid bitterness)
  • Fresh Herbs: Many herbs complement fruit flavors. Experiment and see what you like! Mint, rosemary, sage and basil are some favorites
  • Water: to fill the jar 

Delicious Combinations to Try:  
  • Watermelon + Rosemary 
  • Blueberry, Lemon + Sage
  • Pineapple + Mint 
  • Raspberry, Lime + Mint 
  • Grapefruit, Lemon + Rosemary 

  1. Add all of your ingredients to a pitcher or jar, mash up any fruit to release their juices. 
  2. Next, bruise the leaves of any herbs by slapping in your hands or muddle them with a wooden spoon in the jar to release the natural extracts and oils. 
  3. Finally, fill your jar with water, tighten the lid, and let infused in the fridge for an hour to allow flavors to develop. The longer it infuses, the stronger the flavor will be. This water will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

TIPS:  For a sweeter flavor, add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. For easier drinking, strain the fruit and herbs as you pour the water into your drinking cup. 

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