Chicken and Corn Chowder

Purchased roast chicken and frozen corn simplify the preparation.


10 bacon slices, chopped

2 Tbls butter

2 cups chopped onions

2 cups chopped red bell peppers, divided

� cup flour

8 cups chicken broth

4 cups butternut squash, peeled, cubed

2 cups russet potatoes, peeled, cubed

1 � tbls fresh thyme

1 - 16 oz bag frozen corn

2 cups half and half

1 purchased rotisserie chicken, skinned and diced

1 cup chopped green onion

� cup chopped fresh cilantro, garnish 

1 tbls kosher salt

2 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


Cook bacon in large pot over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

Add butter to bacon drippings. Add onions and 1 cup bell peppers. Saut� until soft about 10 minutes. Add flour, stir 2 minutes. Mix in broth, squash, potatoes, and thyme.  


Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer 30 min. Add corn, half and half, chicken, 1 cup bell peppers, green onion, and bacon. Season with salt and peppers. Simmer until heated through about 15 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.     






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"You're Gonna Need an Ocean of Cal-o-mine Lotion"

The misery wrought by poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is reserved exclusively for the human inhabitants of planet Earth. Birds, bears, dogs and other creatures happily eat the leaves, stems and fruit with no ill effects. We suffer by an allergic response to the plant oil (urushiol). This begins immediately upon contact. You can't spread the rash by scratching the blisters. By the time the reaction shows up, the oil is long gone. Soap, no matter what kind, has no effect on the oil. Even though you never touched a plant you can still develop a rash by petting cats and dogs that have roamed through the plants, handling wood that vines once grew on, and using contaminated tools even years later.


With a little determination, gardeners can learn to avoid poison ivy and distinguish it from innocent look-alikes like Virginia creeper.

Beautiful yellow and red autumn foliage of poison ivy.  They love ground that has been disturbed and multiply freely along forest trails.


Usually three leaflets to a leaf, but may have more.
Center leaflet has elongated petiole.


They grow as small shrubs, tall shrubs, and long vines that creep up
into the treetops.


For more information on identifying Poison Ivy.

Mower Blight - The Silent Tree Killer


One of the leading causes of death to trees in the landscape is not from insects or disease but lawnmowers and string trimmers. This is usually a result of trying to cut the grass close to the base of the tree. A slight blow can cause the bark to loosen or tear off. The loss of bark and sapwood girdles the tree, cutting off water, minerals and sugar. The long term effect is the development of decay.


Such damage can severely weaken young trees. Even worse, sting trimmers girdle young trees in turf without the operator being aware of damage because the grass returns upright after being cut and hide the damage to the bark. If more than 50% of the circumference of the tree has been destroyed, consider removal.


The best solution is to create a turf-free area around the trunks of young trees. Not only will this reduce the likelihood of lawn mower and string trimmer injury, but it will also increase the rate of tree growth.


The trunk of a young ash tree is 75% percent girdled  

by continually being hit with a lawn mower.


Spreading mulch under and around trees will effectively control grass and weeds and provide an attractive appearance around the base of the tree.

Click for additional reading and more information on potential Mower Damage.



Thanks for reading. Happy Planting! 


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