Deep Dish  

Crab Quiche


1 frozen "deep dish" pie crust shell

1 can (5 � oz) crabmeat, drained and flaked

1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

� cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 Tbls flour

1 � cups milk

5 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 package (10 oz) frozen spinach, thawed and drained


Preheat oven and cookie sheet to 425. Toss together cheese and flour. Combine milk, eggs, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add crab cheese mixture and spinach to milk mixture. Pour into pie shell. Bake on preheated cookie sheet for 15 min. Reduce temperature to 350 and bake an additional 35 min.  






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Hosta Fun Facts

  • What's the biggest hosta?: 'Empress Wu'
  • What's the smallest hosta?: 'Cat's Eye'
  • #1 seller of all time: 'Great Expectations'
  • #1 rated hosta: 'June'
  • Hostas need at least 60 days of cold dormancy, so they don't grow well in tropical regions. Too bad for my Florida friends.
  • They do best with at least 2 hours of sunlight, morning sun preferred.
  • A new hosta is introduced every day. Currently there are 9,000 different varieties.
  • They evolved in China, Japan and Korea.
  • Want to kill slugs? Apply Sluggo in the fall. The first or second week in October the best.
  • If a solid green division appears in your clump, remove the division immediately so that the clump will remain a variegated plant.
  • What's my favorite hosta? 'Spilt Milk'

Split Milk Hosta (above)



Cats Eye Hosta (above)

Empress Wu (above - Courtesy of Hostas Direct and Walters Gardens)



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Fall Color Now May Indicate Trouble


If you see a maple, ash or other tree that is showing fall color now, pay attention. That tree may be in trouble. Normally most trees start to put on their autumnal colors later in the year, especially after a good brisk cold snap. However, yellow, red or purple leaves at this time of year on trees that are not normally highly colored (such as purple leafed maple or cherry) are a symptom of stress.

Look closely at the tree with off-color leaves. Does it have bare branches in the upper crown? Is there a wound on the stem from mechanical injury or sunscald? Is the tree in a zone where rooting is restricted? Was the tree never watered this summer?


If the answer to one or more of these questions is yes, then it is no surprise the trees are starting to turn already. Root disease, recent disruption to roots from construction or grade changes, compaction from vehicular or foot traffic and self-girdling roots can also result in premature fall colors.  



The above picture was taken on August 25.  The tree is showing fall color too early and is most likely under stress. Notice the thinning of the leaves at the top.   


Another example of premature fall color, this tree has oak wilt.  


For more information on how and why colors change in Autumn, follow this link to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 



Thanks for reading. Happy Planting! 


Faith Appelquist

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