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April 18th, 2012 - Segment 1: Beet and Crisp Green Apple Salad

Segment 1: Beet and Crisp Green Apple Salad

5 to 6 medium to large beets (about 1 ½ pounds)
½ small red onion, chopped
2 tart green apples, cut in halves, cored and thinly sliced (unpeeled)
1 shallot, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 ½ teaspoons red wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon celery seed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt freshly ground pepper to taste
1/3 cup chopped green onions
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Wash beets, but do not peel. Place in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook until tender when pierced with a sharp knife. Cool, peel, and cut in half, then slice halves into thin slices. Or you can use canned beets. Place beets in a salad bowl with onion and apple slices. Combine dressing ingredients and toss with salad. Garnish with scallions and dill, and serve. Serves 6 to 8.


April 18th, 2012 - Segment 2: Deer Proof Plants

Segment 2: Deer Proof Plants
Honestly, no plant is really deer resistant. If deer are hungry then they will eat most anything green. But there are plants that are found to be less attractive to most deer.
Here is a list to help you purchase the right plants for your garden without worrying about if they will be there in the morning:

Herbs for all the Senses
Borage, Blue
Catmint, Landscape Ornamental  
Chives, "Fine Leaf"  
Chives, Garlic  
Dill, "Dukat"  
Lavender, container, "White Ice"  
Lavender, container, " French Perfume"  
Lavender, "Hidcote"   
Lavender, English, "Munstead"  
Lavender, Spanish  
Lavender, Multifida "Fernleaf"
Marjoram, Sweet
Oregano, "True Greek"  
Oregano, "Italian Heirloom"  
Rosemary, French  
Sage, Italian, "Aromatic"  
Spearmint, Italian Heirloom
Thyme, Creeping  
Thyme, French

Flowering plants
Alyssum, "Summer Peaches"  
Alyssum, "Summer Romance "  
Alyssum, "Gulf Winds"  
Amaranth, "Cinco de Mayo"
Calendula, "Flashback"  
Carnation, "Enfant de Nice"  
Cerinthe Pride of Gibraltar   
Cleome "Color Fountains"  
Columbine, "Mrs. Scott Elliot"  
Cosmos, "Double Click"  
Cosmos, "Dancing Petticoats"  
Cosmos, "Rose Bon Bon  
Cosmos, "Little Ladybirds  
Cosmos, "Sonata Mix"   
Cosmos, "Snow Sonata"  
Cosmos, "White Seashells"  
Echinacea, "Starlight"  
Feverfew, "White Wonder"  
Forget-Me-Nots,"Azure Bluebirds"  
Four O'Clocks, "Broken Colors"   
Four O'Clocks, "Teatime"   
Foxglove, "Apricot Faerie Queen"  
Globe Amaranth, "Mardi Gras"  
Grass, Container "Spiky Blue"  
Heliotrope, "Marine"  
Love Lies Bleeding, Amaranth  
Marigold, "Summer Splash"  
Marigold, "Signet Starfire"  
Monarda, "Bergamo Bouquet"  
Morning Glory, "Blue Ensign"  
Morning Glory, "Dawn Star"  
Morning Glory, "Early Call"  
Morning Glory, "Glacier Star"  
Morning Glory, "Mailbox Mix"  
Morning Glory, "Grandpa Ott's"  
Morning Glory, "Scarlett O'Hara"  
Nasturtium, "Cherries Jubilee"
Nasturtium, "Amazon Jewel"  
Nasturtium, "Buttercream"   
Nasturtium, Climbing "Moonlight"   
Nasturtium, Climbing "Spitfire"   
Nasturtium, "Copper Sunset"   
Nasturtium, "Alaska Mix"  
Nasturtium, "Empress of India"   
Nasturtium, "Creamsicle"  
Nasturtium, "Cup of Sun"  
Nasturtium, "Vanilla Berry"  
Nasturtium, "Whirlybird"   
Nicotiana, "Jasmine Alata"  
Nigella, White "Bride's Veil"  
Nigella, "Mulberry Rose"  
Nigella, "Persian Violet"  
Poppy California, "Tequila Sunrise"
Poppy California, "Copper Pot"  
Poppy California "Tropical Sunset"  
Poppy California, "Buttercream"  
Poppy California, "Dusky Rose"  
Poppy California, "Native Orange"  
Rudbeckia, "Cappuccino"  
Scabiosa, "Grandmother's Pincushion"
Statice, "Watercolor Pastels"  
Zinnia, "Bling Bling"  
Zinnia, cactus "Raggedy Anne"  
Zinnia, "Apricot Blush"  
Zinnia, "Blue Point"  
Zinnia, "Cha Cha Cha"  
Zinnia, "Berry Basket"  
Zinnia, "Decor"  
Zinnia, "Polar Bear"  
Zinnia, "Little Lion"  
Zinnia, container "Pixie Sunshine"  
Zinnia, "Cool Crayon Colors"
Zinnia, "Hot Crayon Colors"  
Zinnia, "Cut and Come Again"  
Zinnia, "Green Envy"  
Zinnia, "Granny's Bouquet"
Zinnia, "Persian Carpet"  
Zinnia, "Raspberry Sorbet"  
Zinnia, "Girl Scout Anniversary"

Check out the videos for step-by-step instructions! And you can always visit Chris at Botanica Gardens, located at 1601 Rebsamen Park Road, for help on any gardening projects.

April 11th, 2012 - Make potted containers hot and Pots with a twist - watch now

April 4th, 2012 - Easter table and Heat tolerant plants - watch now

March 28th, 2012 - Easter Nest and Yard Art Bunny - check it out

March 21st, 2012 - Made in the shade

March 14th, 2012 - Get Ready for Spring

March 7th, 2012 - Spring Flower Delights! Watch the videos!

February 22nd, 2012 - Using PH to alter plant colors - watch now

February 17th, 2012 - Planting Winter Vegetables and Spring and Summer Color - watch now

February 1st, 2012 - Great Valentines segment - watch now

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