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Grilled Eggplant

I’m a fan of wholesome food made fast. Recipes that take more than an hour or have more than 5 ingredients don’t usually make my dinner table. When it comes to fresh vegetables, grilling makes the fastest and simplest alternatives. Now that they’re ripening in the garden, lets start with Grilled Eggplant.

grilled-eggplant

Serves 6-8 Ready in 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1⁄3 cup butter or 1⁄3 cup margarine, melted
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Peel the eggplant, and then cut into 3/4-inch slices.
  • Combine butter, garlic salt, and Italian seasonings; stir well.
  • Brush eggplant slices with butter mixture, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place eggplant on grill; grill over medium heat 10 minutes or until tender, turning and basting occasionally.
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Community Greens Garden

The Veterans Garden @Bissel is a more than a garden. It is a community activity that engages local veterans, community residents and young gardeners that covers several garden areas and activities as an overall exposure to urban gardening and techniques.

  • Greens, nothing but greens, in the Brassica/Cabbage Family: collard greens, kale, cabbage, broccoli and brussel sprouts. Experience and enjoy green, leafy, vegetables, some with heads and some without.

How to Grow
Choose a location in full sun with a rich, well-drained soil.
Space plants 1-2 feet apart in rows 2 feet apart.
Dig a hole for each plant large enough to accommodate the root ball.
Place the top of the root ball so that it is level with the surrounding soil.
Backfill the hole and press the soil down and firm with your hand. Water deeply.

Cultivate or mulch to control weeds.
Fertilize at least once during the growing season.
Plants are able to tolerate a light frost.
Use floating row covers to deter pests and protect from extreme cold.

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Growing Tips
Harvest after first frost if you prefer a sweeter flavor.
Pick the outer leaves as needed once they reach 6-8 inches long about 55-60 days after transplanting.
Leave the central bud since it will grow new leaves.
Use cabbage and collards as a substitute for lettuce.
Can be eaten raw or cooked.

Common Problems
Diseases: Bacterial Leaf Spot, Downy Mildew, Clubroot, Powdery Mildew
Insects: Aphids, Cabbage Looper, Flea Beetles, Leafminers, Slugs

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Carrot Ginger Soup

This flavorful soup sounds so good that I lifted it from Burpee Seeds and reprinted it here. I’ll prepare it with store-bought carrots because it’s mid winter in NYC but I can’t wait to try this with fresh carrots and squash from Bissel Gardens

contentid-9910242Heat 2 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp butter in a large pot over medium heat, add 2 shallots and 1 clove garlic, finely minced. Stir in 1 tbsp chopped crystallized ginger and 1/4 tsp each turmeric, ground cumin and cinnamon. Add 3 cups sliced carrots, 2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash and cover with water. Simmer for 45 minutes until carrots and squash are softened then puree in a blender with 1 cup yogurt. Serve hot or chilled.

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When To Drink Water

Drinking water at the right time maximizes its effectiveness on the human body;

    • 1 glass of water after waking up helps to activate internal organs.
    • 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion.
    • 1 glass of water before taking a bath helps lower your blood pressure.
    • 1 glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attackstormy water.gif

 

 

 

 

 

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About Community Greens

It takes more than a village to raise a child in today's world. The world is more than flat or round or sun and moon. It's also the village on the other side of the river. The objects in the sky are different from that view. Community Greens, griot-like, tells a story. I invite you to share my view.

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Bee proactive!

A few things you can do to help keep bees healthy:

  • plant different flowers that bloom throughout the season for the bees;

    • native plants and other perennials

    • bloom colors of yellow, white,  blue, and purple

  • watch for neonicotinoid-free note on plant tags- some tags will claim that insecticides were used for ‘your plant’s health’ (but NOT for the bees!)

  • leave the blossoms until they expire

  • plant plants with fragrant flowers with a long bloom season

  • consider early blooming plants for bees that have had little nourishment over the winter

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