Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sprouts Recipes

Common Uses for Sprouts

  • Use fresh and uncooked for a sprout salad
  • Add to any salad
  • Use in coleslaw
  • Use in potato salad
  • Use in wraps and roll-ups
  • Replace celery in sandwich spreads
  • Use in sandwiches instead of lettuce
  • Top grilled cheese sandwiches after grilling
  • Grind up and use with sandwich spreads
  • Stir-fry with other vegetables
  • Mix with soft cheeses for a dip
  • Stir into soups or stews when serving
  • Top omelet or scrambled eggs
  • Add to rice dishes
  • Saute with onions
  • Add to baked beans
  • Steam and serve with butter
  • Blend into fruit shakes, fruit or vegetable juices

Sprout Salad 1

  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Spices
Mix all ingredients together & serve.

Sprout Salad 2

  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • ½ cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • salad herbs of your choice
Mix all ingredients together. Toss with oil and apple cider vinegar. Serves two.

Sprout Salad 3

  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 oz. Blue cheese
Blend yogurt and sour cream until smooth. Add garlic and blue cheese and mash with a fork until smooth. Pour dressing over bed of equal parts lettuce, watercress and salad sprouts.

Sprout Gelatin Salad

  • ½ cup sprouts
  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • 1 pkg gelatin, slightly thickened
Add cut-up or chopped vegetables and sprouts and add to slightly thickened Gelatin. Chill until firm and cut into squares for individual servings. Serve on a bed of lettuce and alfalfa sprouts. Serves 4.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hardiness Zones (Reference)

 Knowing what hardiness zone you live in, is crucial information for home gardeners. Having this information, will let you know when you should be planting in the Spring and again in the fall. Waiting for the right time to plant will ensure that your flowers, plants and vegetables come in vibrant and healthy.

Choose your region below for a detailed map of hardiness zones. For Northern areas missing from these maps, please visit Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada's Plant Hardiness Zones of Canada 2000 Map.
For hardiness zone maps of the United States, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map on the USDA website.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cranberry Recipes

High Bush Cranberry Jelly

By Janet Graham To extract juice: Add 3 cups water to 2 cups berries, simmer for about 5 minutes, mashing berries while they simmer, and strain through a jelly bag.
To make jelly: Use commercial pectin and follow the recipe for currant jelly, or use 2/3 cup sugar to 1 cup juice and boil until jelly stage is reached.

Cranberry Catsup

By Janet Graham Cook until soft: 1 lb onions chopped fine, 4 lbs (8 cups) highbush cranberry, 2 cups water. Rub through a coarse sieve. Add 2 cups vinegar, 4 cups sugar, 1 tablespoon each of ground cloves, cinnamon, allspice, salt, celery seed and pepper. Boil until thick, pour into sterilized jars and seal. Serve with poultry, meat or baked beans.


University of Alaska Agricultural Extension Service
Simmer and mash together: 1 qt. cranberries, 1 qt. finely cut rhubarb, 3 cups water. Strain through wet jelly bag. Add 1 cup sugar to each qt of juice. Heat to 170 degree for 1 minute. Pour into sterilized bottles, cap and cool quickly, store in cool dark place.

Highbush Cranberry Wine

By Janet Graham To 4 qts of crushed berries add 2 qts warm, boiled water and let stand for 3 days. Strain and measure. Add 2 gallons water and 3 pounds of sugar to each gallon of strained liquor. Put in jars, loosely covered, and store in a dark, warm place.

Cranberry Pecan Pie

By Karen Friskney Ingredients
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ cups of coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 tbsp. grated orange rind
  • 2 x 9 inch pie shells (unbaked)
In a medium bowl, stir together eggs, corn syrup, sugar, oil, & vanilla until well blended. Stir in pecans, cranberries, and orange rind. Pour in pie shells. Bake in 350°F oven 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted halfway between center & edge comes out clean. Cool before serving– makes 8 servings per pie – freezes well.

Get more great recipes in our Summer Savoury Cookbook!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bulb and Plant Sizes (Reference)

Bulb Sizes:

Sizes are given in centimeters for circumference. This is the international measuring standard for all bulbs. We list only the top of the line bulb sizes.

No. 1 Size Roots:

Our perennials spend a growing season in special growing fields or in greenhouses to ensure maximum development. They are then harvested and the most vigorous plants are considered No. 1, blooming size. Gennerally, these are shipped as dormant bare root plants.

No. 1 Rhizomes:

Top of the line blooming size, a horizontal underground, or partially underground stem which produces roots, shoots and leaves. Bearded Iris are considered rhizomes.

1-2 and 2-3 Eye Roots:

Eyes refer to the point of growth on a plant root. Depending on the plant, 1-2 or 2-3 eye plant roots are the highest grade and are blooming size. Peonies, Astilbes and Hosta have 'eyes'.

No.1 Bare Root Roses:

Roses are graded for sale in accordance with the Canadian Standards for Nursery Stock. Veseys sells the highest quality, class No.1, which is sub-divided into 3 categories of rose. They are as follows:
  1. Climbing Roses: No. 1 - Three or more strong canes measuring a minimum of 20" (50 cm) in length and branched no higher than 4" (10 cm) above the bud union or ground level.
  2. Vigourous Roses: No. 1 - Three or more strong canes measuring a minimum of 16" (40 cm) in length and branched no higher than 4" (10 cm) above the bud union or ground level.
  3. Semi-Dwarf, Dwarf and Miniature Roses: No. 1 - Three or more strong canes measuring a minimum of 10" (25 cm) in length and branched no higher than 3¼" (8 cm) above the bud union or ground level.

Potted Plants:

Indicates the pot size in which a plant will be shipped to you. Where this applies, we have indicated the exact pot size in item descriptions.

Bulb and Plant Pricing:

All items are prepackaged in set units. All prices listed are for one variety, colour or as a mixture or colours. Sorry, mixing and matching is not available.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Planning a Bulb Garden - Tips for Beginners. (Video)

Glenn discusses some of the things you should consider when planning your first Bulb Garden. Learn what to plan and where. Your FREE subscription to the Vesey's family of gardening catalogues