Posts Tagged With: Garden

Cilantro, Carrots, Melons & More

This is has been quite an exciting week in the Sanden Garden. We’re starting to see everything pop through except the cucumbers. I’m starting to fear those little things won’t be coming up this year. Anyways, check out what we’ve got growing this week!

Next week, I’ll share what we’re seeing in our radishes, beets, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and zucchini. Tune in!

P.S. I ended up applying SP-1™ to that one rose bush last week. We’ll see what happens!

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Easy harvest meal: chicken jalapeno popper pasta

I don’t know about you, but I am always on the lookout for easy, nutritious recipes, especially at harvest and planting time. Just the other night, I hit the jackpot. Chicken jalapeño popper pasta. Even my farmer loved it. Bonus for all you farm wives out there, I made this a week ahead and froze it until we needed it, AND I was able to use up some of my garden-fresh jalapeños. So easy and so delicious!


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pound cellentani pasta, cooked
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup bacon, crumbled
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup diced jalapenos
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 2.5 cups cooked and chopped chicken


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray 9X13 baking pan with cooking spray
  • In a large mixing bowl add cream cheese, bacon, 1 cup cheddar cheese and jalapeños. Mix well.
  • Stir in cream and half and half.
  • Add pasta and mix well.
  • Stir in chicken.
  • Pour mixture into baking dish.
  • Spread bread crumbs over pasta (optional).
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top and return to the oven for 5 more minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Hope you all are having safe harvest season!


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February: Soils Support Urban Life

Have you ever seen something like this?


How about this?

Vertical Garden

Believe it or not, but vertical gardens are becoming more and more popular in large cities. There is a growing trend to revitalize vacant property in urban areas and convert it to green infrastructure or urban agricultural areas.

Urban agriculture plays a key role in two global challenges: urbanization and food security. It can provide important contributions to sustainable, resilient urban development and to the creation and maintenance of multifunctional urban landscapes.

It is for these reasons the International Year of Soils have dedicated the month of February to showing how soils support urban life. Urban soils are often intensely modified by human activity.

Did you know by 2050, the world’s population is expected to surpass 9 billion?

The benefits of urban farming are numerous. Locally grown food reduces the environmental impact in terms of fuel usage, saves on food costs, and strengthens community spirit.

In fact, the second vertical garden shown, designed by Patrick Blanc on the exterior wall of a former power station, features 15,000 plants and 250 different species. The first vertical garden shown, created by Stefano Boeri on a pair of apartment skyscrapers in Milan, features the first urban vertical forest to sustain the equivalent of 2.5 acres of forest extending towards the sky.

Even though these particular gardens are quite immaculate, it doesn’t have to be that fancy. Something as simple as filling recycled bottles with soils and herbs can provide an efficient herb garden.

Vertical Herb Garden

What are your thoughts on vertical gardens? How have you seen soil support urban life?

Join us this month as we discuss soils in urban life!

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