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Chicken Enchiladas
   
1 can Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup 
½ cup sour cream 
2 Tablespoons butter 
½ cup chopped onion 
1 teaspoon chili powder 
2 cups diced cooked chicken 
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies 
8 flour tortillas 
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375. In small bowl, stir together soup and sour cream until smooth; set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook onion and chili power in butter until tender. Stir in chicken, chilies, and 2 tablespoons soup mixture.

Along center of each tortilla, spread about ¼ cup chicken mixture; fold sides over filling and place seam-side down in greased 12 x 8 baking dish.

Spread remaining soup mixture over enchiladas. Cover with foil; bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5 minutes more or until cheese melts.

Enjoy! 



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Life is Full...of Fungi 
You may think a mushroom is a fungus. This is exactly like believing an apple is an apple tree. Removing the mushroom will not kill the fungi no more than removing apples will kill an apple tree. Every toadstool you see, from the deadly to the delicious, is merely a sex organ attached to something underneath that is whole, complex and hidden. Mushrooms are fleeting, exposing themselves briefly above the surface while the webbing that anchors may extend for miles in a darker, richer world.

A small group of fungi called mycorrhiza have entered a deep and enduring truce with trees. This group of fungi are the best - and really only- friends trees have ever had. The fungus acts as a sort of accessory root system, spreading through the soil and soaking up nutrients for the tree. In return the fungus receives a rush of pure sweetness. The plant and the fungus remain physically separate but are joined together by their life's work.

Wherever mushrooms are present in a lawn is usually a positive sign, indicating healthy soil. Mushrooms growing in grass should generally be left alone, unless there are small children or pets about that may accidentally consume them.
Finding mushrooms sprouting from your tree is not necessarily a sign that the tree needs to come down. Most fungi are simply feeding off already decayed wood and do not themselves initiate decay.

Minnesota is home to as many as 10,000 mushroom species of which perhaps 40 - 50 are edible. Luckily, some delicious mushrooms such as Chicken of the Woods, Hen of the Wood, Morel and Oyster mushroom have no close look-alikes.

All living things; humans, animals, and plants alike, will, in death, be consumed and returned to the earth by fungi. Whether they are multiplying in the soil or in trees, they are everywhere and will outlive us by an eternity.


Chicken of the Woods Mushroom


Oyster Mushroom


Trees are linked together underground through fungi.


White fungal threads of mycorrhizae fungi, effectively extend the root system of trees, shrubs and virtually all other plants.


Next time you see a mushroom sprouting in the grass, don't assume it's hurting your lawn. 


The "rhizosphere" (a narrow region of soil containing microorganisms and root fungus) can be lost in the stripping of topsoil, creating a hostile environment for growing plants.

For more information on mushrooms.           
One Season Wonder
Every shrub that lives in my garden needs to work for me. No freeloading allowed. Real estate is expensive so I have no money to waste on "one-season wonders." These are shrubs that scream "look at me" only once in the garden calendar, then fade to the background. Others have something interesting to look at two, three or even four seasons of the year. Spring flowers, fragrance, unusual foliage shape or color, fall color, persistent fruit, seedheads, cones, interesting branching patterns - all of these attributes change from season to season. Shrubs that have more than one season of interest earn a place in my garden. Before choosing a shrub, think twice...what do you want it to do for you?

Here is my list of one season wonders and suggestions on what to plant instead:

Beautyberry (Plant instead: Quick Fire Hydrangea)


Lilac (Plant instead: Wentworth viburnum)


Forsythia (Plant instead: Lemon Candy ninebark)


Mockorange (Plant instead: Regent serviceberry)


Azelea/Rhododendron (Plant instead: Fothergilla)


St Johnswort
(Plant instead: Rainbow Sensation weigela)



Burning Bush
(Plant instead: Velvet Cloak smokebush)



Clethra (Plant instead: Red Gnome dogwood)


Potentilla
(Plant instead: Iroquois Beauty black chokeberry)

For more information on multi-season shrubs.

Thanks for reading.  
Happy Planting!    

Faith

Faith Appelquist

President & Founder

 

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