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August Gardening Checklist

Fellow Gardeners, The information, dates and techniques in this are as accurate as I can currently offer.  During the past three decades I have cared for, nurtured and observed tens of thousands of plants.  With the help of many gardening friends I have attempted to offer on these pages some useful information to help you [...]

By |2018-07-05T10:45:11+00:00August 1st, 2017|Gardening, Gardening Checklist|9 Comments

July Gardening Checklist

Fellow Gardeners, The information, dates and techniques in this are as accurate as I can currently offer.  During the past three decades I have cared for, nurtured and observed tens of thousands of plants.  With the help of many gardening friends I have attempted to offer on these pages some useful information to help you [...]

By |2018-07-05T10:17:29+00:00July 1st, 2017|Gardening, Gardening Checklist|8 Comments

Salsa & Relish Recipes | Cooking with Chef Mead

Add a kick to your summer entrees with these quick and simple salsa and relish recipes created by Chef Rich Mead and Chef Allen of Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens. Strawberry Relish INGREDIENTS: 4 Cup Fresh Strawberries (chopped) ½ Red Onion (finely chopped) 1 Jalapeno (finely chopped) ¼ Cup Fresh Basil, Chiffonade Juice of 2 Limes [...]

Wild Salmon Recipes | Cooking with Chef Mead

The benefits of using wild salmon compared to farm raised salmon is immeasurable. Wild caught fish are widely thought to be the healthier choice, but the flavor profiles are extremely different as well. The information here is about the environmental and health advantages of wild salmon, as well as showcasing some incredible recipes that highlight [...]

Spring Salad Recipes | Cooking with Chef Mead

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Goat Cheese Potato “Lasagna”

INGREDIENTS: 5 lbs. Red New Potatoes 1 qt. Heavy Cream 10 oz. Goat Cheese 1-1/2 cups Parmesan cheese - grated 2 Tbs. Garlic ½ bunch Italian Parsley - chopped Salt and fresh ground pepper PROCEDURE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cream with chopped garlic. Thinly slice potatoes – preferably on a mandolin. Let the [...]

Christmas Decorating Trends for 2016

Christmas Decorating Trends 2016 This is my favorite time of the year, when you feel the chill of autumn in the morning air, and you can sense the Holidays approaching.  Just like in fashion, there are trends in Christmas decorating that are stand outs each year.  Here are some of my favorites… while remembering that [...]

By |2017-12-01T09:33:46+00:00November 23rd, 2016|Christmas, Holiday|0 Comments

Perfect Paperwhites in Pots

One of the easiest and most popular winter duties is growing pots of beautiful, fragrant Paperwhite Narcissus.  Paperwhites provide clusters of white flowers and perfume the season when we you need it most, and you can time them to bloom exactly when you desire.  For a beautiful blooming centerpiece on your Thanksgiving table, start them [...]

By |2018-05-09T13:54:00+00:00November 9th, 2016|Fall, Gardening, Holiday, Home Decor|9 Comments

Easy Herbs for Winter

The most important word for cool weather herbs is SUN. Water deeply (as in: water slowly so that all the soil gets a drink, not just the top & sides of the pot or ground soil) once a week… and did I mention SUN? A lot of people want to grow herbs inside and while this [...]