Tuna Noodle Casserole
8 oz egg noodles
2 hard-cooked eggs
1 (7 oz) can tuna
1 cup frozen peas
1 can (10 ½ oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 soup can whole milk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese   

Cook noodles according to package directions, drain well. Peel and slice eggs. Drain tuna and flake with a fork. Arrange layers of noodles, sliced egg, tuna and peas in a greased 6-cup casserole, beginning and ending with noodles.

Heat soup in saucepan with milk. Pour over tuna noodle mixture. Top with grated cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 375 for 20 min.


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Fifty Shades.....of Yellow   
Yellow excites:  Yellow is a primary color on the color wheel and a warm one at that. Warm colors, such as yellow, red and orange draw attention and excite. Yellow brightens up the shade garden, where the light is reminiscent of the sun's rays. Yellow is also the preferred color of bees; as a rule yellow flowering plants are pollinated by bees and daylight insects like butterflies.

Monochrome schemes: Using a monochromatic color palette, all yellow creates a unified garden. You can use various shades of yellow - palest primrose, soft lemon, through to vibrant yellows and, because they are all tones of yellow, they will harmonize. An all-yellow palette combining different shades looks cheerful yet sophisticated.

Complementary colors: When bright yellow joins up with its complementary colors, blue or violet, it sets an energetic harmony into motion. Yellow becomes a show-stopping dance partner. Blue is a "cold" color and when you place it next to a "warm" color the effect is heightened. Van Gogh used this color contrast in many of his paintings.

Here are 10 yellow plants that can assist you on your yellow-brick-road journey to an enlightened yellow garden. Complementary blue and violet paring suggestions are included.

Aralia cordata
'Sun King'

Combine with Hosta 'Golden Tiara'
Ninebark 'Lemon Candy'

Combine with Purple Dome Aster.
Euonymus fortunei 'Canadale Gold'

Combine with Woodland Phlox 'Blue Moon'
'Gold Cone'

Combine with Hydrangea 'Bloomstruck'
Smokebush 'Golden Spirit'

Combine with Concorde Barberry
Sweet Iris 'Aureo Variegata'

Combine with Allium 'Millenium'
Sambucus Elderberry 'Sutherland Gold'

Combine with Weigela 'Tuxedo'
Garden Glow Dogwood

Combine with Catmint
Bleeding Heart 'Golden Hearts'

Combine with Heuchera 'Forever Purple'
Tangutica Clematis

Combine with Anise Hyssop
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Bagging Apples
One look at the pesticide spray schedule for apples so overwhelmed me that I wanted to chuck the whole business in the trash can. It reads like a biochemistry PhD thesis; 19 applications per growing season, personal protective equipment and weather monitoring. Take a trip to the lake and miss one application and, oops you've got apple maggot. I simply haven't got a prayer to get it exactly right. All I want to do is have fun by growing a good-tasting apple that is organic, and sustainable. Is that asking too much?
Bagging apples is for me a way out of the onerous job of spraying; easy, organic and no guesswork. Here's how:

Step 1: Thinning
This picture shows 5 fruit clusters on one spur. When the fruits are about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in diameter, the fruits should be thinned (removed) to one or two fruit per fruit cluster.

Step 2: Bagging
When the apples reach 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in diameter, they are ready to be bagged. Slip a plastic Ziploc sandwich bag over the apple, and then zip it closed. The apple stem, aligned with the staple on the one side, is secured by another staple on the other side. A weep hole is cut on the bottom left to let moisture out.   

Step 3: Relax, enjoy the summer.
The bag acts as a physical barrier to protect the fruit against attack by summer insect pests.

Step 4: Bag Removal
Remove bags 3 weeks prior to harvest so fruit will color properly. 

Step 5: Ready to eat.
It's manageable to 'bag' about 50 apples
or one bushel from a tree.

For more information on bagging the perfect fruit without using pesticides. 

Thanks for reading.  
Happy Planting!    


Faith Appelquist

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