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Cardinals 101

January 6, 2022

Cardinals are an iconic and easily recognizable bird in the eastern half of the United States. Their bright red vibrant plumage and beautiful songs that make them an attractive addition and perhaps the most desired of all backyard-visiting birds. Northern Cardinals are non-migratory birds, meaning that when you begin to provide them with water and food they are likely to stay in your area year-round. Here in Missouri they are prevalent and very easy to attract. Continue reading to find the best ways to attract and make permanent homes for Cardinals in your yard this year and for years to…


Winter Plant Care Guide

January 5, 2022

Winter is quickly approaching, so while you start to pull out your winter coats and boots, make sure you take a second to think about your plants! Here are some winter plant care tips directly from our experts: Soil and Watering Let soil get dry to the touch a couple inches down or so, then water well till water drains out the bottom of the pot. This helps leach out the salts from fertilizer.Plants will most likely not be drying out as quickly in the winter months as they do the rest of the year because of the shorter daylength…


How to PlantRight

September 7, 2021

PlantRight is Colonial’s unique system for just that, Planting Right. At Colonial, we believe Soil is Life. Providing unparalleled solutions in the world of living things, we can ensure homeowners guaranteed success of your outdoor or indoor space by utilizing our PlantRight System. Our passion for growth starts with healthy soil, which grows colorful plants, nourishing produce, and happy people. Together we can grow a sustainable planet for a sustainable future.  Pick from a quality selection   Colonial Gardens has KC’s largest selection of trees because our parent company, DCA Outdoor, grows over 1 million trees per year.   Correct Placement   It’s important to place…


Growing a Gardener

June 18, 2021

Dorothy Fennell was born in 1910, the middle of World War I. She raised her own children during the Great Depression. Her life shaped her to be a tough and hard-working woman. She was frugal in her later years, saving scraps of paper, straws and popsicle sticks. But she was also caring and lived a life of generosity. In her 60’s, she took in her four grandchildren. Dorothy Fennel and Sandra Lane, Brian's mother, In June of 1955 Dorothy was always a gardener. For her, it was method of sustenance, but later it became a way to bring her community…


Creating an Outdoor Space

May 27, 2021

Gardening and landscaping is a fun, healthy, fulfilling hobby that benefits our communities and our world. Here are some tips on creating a beautiful landscape and outdoor space at your home. Getting Started The number one advice to new gardeners is to be creative and have fun! Use colors, styles, & plants that appeal to you. Incorporate garden art, structures, & seating areas to enhance the garden. Design an outdoor space to be enjoyed by the whole family. The more a garden reflects who you are and the things that you love, the more fun gardening becomes. Find a garden…


Spinach Strawberry Salad

November 1, 2020

Ingredients: 1 pint of sliced strawberries 1 bag of spinach 1 pkg. sliced, toasted almonds Dressing: 1 TBSP poppy seeds ¼ c. cider vinegar ½ c. sugar ¼ tsp paprika ½ c. vegetable oil Mix dressing and pour over spinach, strawberries and almonds just before serving.


Stuffed Zucchini Boats

October 28, 2020

Ingredients: 3 Zucchini 1 lb. river watch beef/or harmony farms chorizo 1 C wild rice/white rice mix prepared 1 clove garlic 1 small onion 1 T chopped fresh herbs: oregano, Genovese or sweet basil, mixed Arp Rosemary 1 32 oz. jar marinara sauce ½ C Parmesan Cheese ½ C Hemme Brothers Cheese Curds ½ c Hemme Mozzarella 1 T chopped fresh Italian parsley Directions: Pre-Heat over to 350 degrees. Trim stems from zucchini, slice lengthwise, scoop out seeds put into bowl. Saute the onion and garlic Mix seeds with beef, rice, parmesan, cheese curds and mixed fresh herbs and stuff…


Grilled Herb Turkey Burgers

October 15, 2020

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 medium red onion, minced 4 minced garlic cloves 2 pounds ground turkey meat, preferably from the legs and thighs 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped parsley 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme Directions: Sauté onions and garlic: Sauté the chopped onion in olive oil for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes, or until the garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat. Transfer the onions, garlic, and oil to…


Tuscan Bruschetta

September 28, 2020

Tuscan Fettunta 4 large slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 1/4 cup/50 ml extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling Salt 2 T chopped mixture of fresh herbs: rosemary, golden thyme, tri colored sage, basil & Italian parsley Cannellini Bruschetta 4 large slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 2 cups/500 ml cooked cannellini beans 1/4 cup/50 ml extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling Salt 2 T chopped mixture of fresh herbs: rosemary, golden thyme, tri colored sage, basil & Italian parsley Avocado Bruschetta 4 large slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved…


The Real Mojito

September 15, 2020

A refreshing drink to have on a hot summer evening, the mint in this mojito will help to cool things way down. Ingredients: 10 fresh Mojito mint leaves (or peppermint or spearmint) ½ lime, cut into 4 wedges 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste 1 cup ice cubes 1-1/2 fluid ounces white rum ½ cup club soda Directions: Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release…


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