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Japanese Beetles

July 3, 2020

Japanese Beetles, the nuisance in everyone's gardens and flower beds! If these little pest have invaded your backyard, you're not alone and we, at Colonial Gardens, have a solution. A Little History Japanese beetles (Popillia japanicus) first appeared in the United States in 1916 in a New Jersey nursery. Supposedly, the beetles’ larvae came into the US from a shipment of Japanese iris bulbs that the nursery was selling. Even though the US started inspecting overseas shipments in 1912, the beetles’ larvae were not detected until they started multiplying at an incredible rate. While it appears that the insect is…


The Cool Mint Tanqueray

July 1, 2020

A summery mint drink to enjoy on a warm night under the stars. Ingredients: 1.25 oz. Tanqueray no. ten .75 oz fresh lime juice .75 oz. simple syrup 6-8 fresh mint leaves Fresh sprig of mint for garnish Instructions: Muddle fresh mint leaves in simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add Tanqueray and lime juice. Shake well and pour into a cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with fresh mint sprig. Recipe Inspired from Town and Country Magazine


DIY Greek Seasoning Recipe

June 28, 2020

The seasoning of many Greek recipes includes blending various dried herbs and spices together to create a yummy mix appropriate for lamb, turkey, vegetarian dishes, and more. Greek spice blends typically contain marjoram, which is not found in Mediterranean seasonings. And Mediterranean blends will often include cardamom and cloves which are not found in Greek blends. Use this spice on hummus, salads, mix it with oil, vinegar, and lemon to make dressings, combine it with Greek yogurt, and lemon for a fresh dip for veggies. Store it in an airtight container away from sunlight and heat. Use 1-1/2 to 2…


PlantRight Supply

June 23, 2020

PlantRight Supply provides unmatched solutions when it comes to landscaping. They produce a unique high-quality product line committed to servicing all landscape needs. If you are looking for continued growth with a few easy steps, PlantRight Compost and PlantRight Bio-Life 800+ in conjunction with each other is the secret to a thriving landscape and here’s why: PlantRight Compost, created by DCA, is a great first step in soil amendment. It is a compost rich in organic material and beneficial microbial life, that is screened for consistency and 99% weed free. PlantRight Compost assists in soil aggregation while making nutrients more…


Favorite Greek Salad

June 15, 2020

Ingredients: 4 med Roma Tomatoes 1 med Cucumbers, sliced into half moon (leave skin on or not) 1 Red onion thin half moon slices, rinse and drain 1 Bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped ¾ c Kalamata olives 1 oz. Avocado, diced (not super soft) 4 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled Greek Salad Dressing: 6 T olive oil 1 ½ T fresh lemon juice 1 T red wine vinegar 1 ½ tsp minced garlic 1 ½ T finely minced fresh parsley 1 tsp dried oregano ¾ tsp honey Salt to taste Add the dressing drizzled over top, just a…


Greek Beef Kabobs with Herbs

June 1, 2020

For the Beef Kebabs Ingredients: 2 lb beef cubes ½ cup olive oil 2 tablespoons garlic, minced 2 tablespoons fresh oregano or 1 tablespoon dried 2 tablespoons mixed chopped fresh parsley, marjoram Thyme Juice of one lemon ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Pita bread (optional) Directions: Place the beef chunks, olive oil, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, into a large plastic bag. Transfer the bag in the fridge and marinade for 2 hours to overnight. When ready to cook your kebabs, thread the steak pieces onto skewers and discard marinade. Grill over medium-high heat for 10-12 minutes,…


Savory Herbal Marinade

May 28, 2020

Featuring fresh herbs from your garden for use on Meat or Game. Ingredients: 2 1/2 Cups Red Wine 3/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar 1 Small Onion or Several Shallots, chopped 2 Carrots, diced 1 Stalk Celery, chopped 2 Cloves Garlic, sliced 2 Fresh Greek Bay Leaves, broken into pieces 2 Teaspoons each Fresh Thyme, Oregano, and Winter Savory, coarsely chopped Salt Directions: Allow meat to marinate overnight or about 12 hours. Chicken: exchange the red wine for white wine and the red wine vinegar for white wine vinegar. Change the herbs to French Tarragon, Lemon Thyme or Rosemary or any…


Tuscan Ravioli

May 15, 2020

Ingredients: 1/2 tsp each chopped herbs: Rosemary, Lemon Thyme, Tri-Color Sage, Genovese Basil 2 cups cubed eggplant ½ cut 1 T olive oil 1 14.5 oz can of Roman diced tomatoes, undrained 1 14.5 oz. reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 packaged ( 9 oz. refrigerated cheese ravioli 1 15 oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained Shredded Parmesan cheese Thinly sliced basil Directions: In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat, saute eggplant until lightly browned, 2-3 Stir in tomatoes, broth and zucchini; bring to a boil, add ravioli; cook, uncovered, over medium heat until ravioli are tender, 7-10 mins,…


Strawberry Mint Mojito

May 1, 2020

Ingredients: 2-4 strawberries, hulled and sliced (extra for garnish) ¾ ounce fresh lime juice ½ ounce simple syrup 8 fresh mint leaves (extra sprig for garnish) 2 ounces white rum 1 ounce sparkling water/club soda Crushed ice (to fill glass) Directions: Muddle the strawberries: Place the strawberries, mint, and simple syrup in the bottom of a glass, and muddle until the strawberries are smushed and juicy. If you don’t have a muddler, crumple the mint with your hands just a bit before dropping it into the glass, then smush with the back of a spoon to release the flavor. Add…


Growing Fruit Trees and Berries

April 29, 2020

A wide variety of fruit trees and berries can be grown in the Kansas City area (zone 6). You can enjoy cherries, plums, peaches, apples, pears, nectarines, blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blueberries, grapes, and strawberries fresh off the plant, right in your own backyard! It's possible to harvest fruit from early June through November with the right combination of plants. SITE REQUIREMENTS Most fruit trees and berries require an open sunny area, away from large trees that can give excess shade and root competition. Organic, well-drained soil is also important and can be accomplished through the addition of compost during the…


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