Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hatch Green Chile Pork Verde

As we were doing our Christmas food shopping last week, I came across a 4 lb Pork Butt, Hmmmm.... Pork Green Chile Verde sounds good. I had a list of ingredients the Jeremy had talked the staff at the Crystola (Colorado) Roadhouse out of last summer for their green chile.
This past weekend, I slow cooked the pork butt in the crock pot with turkey broth. Yesterday I went for it and made my own version of Pork Chile Verde. Here is the list of ingredients,

Hatch Green Chile - 3 cups chopped
diced onion - 1 large
Turkey/Pork broth - 4 cups
Corn starch
Garlic - 2 cloves
water - 4 cups

Combine ingredients on the stove, heat, put in crock pot for 3 hours and enjoy.

There are many recipes for Green Chile, all good, no 2 are alike.

By the way, if you are out of Hatch Green Chile, be sure to check our weekly email this week for Thursday's Happy Hour Special, you'll be cooking some green chile.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

New opportunities

So, I went out and checked my vegetable garden over the weekend. Things are bad. So bad, in fact, that I'm not going to post a picture of what has gone on. For several reasons, I was not able to get after it this spring (like, we were busy at the garden center?), and a little jaunt out of town, and it's now at the point of giving up. Crabgrass knee high (maybe higher), DEAD tomato plants, you get the drill.

So my new plan? After this current heat spell passes, I'm going to rock out on a fall garden. Last year was really my first concerted effort at a fall garden, and my efforts were fruitful. It's looking like I'm going to have all the space in the world this year to expand.

So, what am I going to plant in this "fall garden"?

One vegetable that I have really grown to enjoy is the turnip. I don't really know why, we don't eat them raw or anything like that. Like many families, we often enjoy a hearty soup or stew as temperatures drop in the fall. For me, all soups now need to contain turnips. Hey, try it. They're really easy.

I'm also going to do some of the regular "cool weather" fare, radishes, green beans, probably a few peas, spinach, leaf lettuce, etc. Now's a great time to plant another quick turn of summer squash as well. (Since my earlier plantings were not all too fruitful, I am not yet sick of squash at this point)

So, what to do? Just pull the old plants out of the garden, if you have weeds, just raise the lawnmower and go over the area. We don't really want to till or disturb the soil heavily for fall planting, so only light cultivation is needed. Plant your seeds a bit deeper than you would have in the spring and water. Yes, watering can be a little difficult during the early days of a fall garden, but once the plants are up, it's pretty smooth sailing.

Now only to get motivated to clean out the mess I have on hand. Hey, the heat index is only 108...

Happy gardening.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Urban Gardening pt III

With the warmer temperatures, longer daylength, my veggies on my back patio are really growing. Today, May 11, I figured it was time to get my tomato plants in cages, and my Earthbox trellis installed. last year, I waited too long in my row garden to get my cages installed and the plants were too large to get into cages. I would encourage you to purchase the largest cages available, or you want to spend your money on. Short, inexpensive are not worth the money spent on them. I would not use anything shorter than 42" cages, which is what I used. I will probably have to use 6' plant stakes later in the season to support these tomatoes. Keep your plants fertilized to keep the plants growing well. Always use a garden type fertilizer, never a lawn type food on veggies. You may have great looking, huge plants, but very little fruit production. (Yes, veggies are fruit). I am using FoxFarm Organic Fruit and Flower Fertilizer about every 2 weeks. This fertilizer is loaded with beneficials, which most potting mixes are missing. FoxFarm potting mixes are loaded with these microscopic wonders as well. I used FoxFarm Ocean Forest potting mix in both my Smart Pots and Earthbox.

I also have continued to add potting mix in my potato bags (10 gal Smart Pots) to encourage potato production in the complete depth of soil. (Potatoes are a vegetable, not a fruit)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Urban Gardening pt II

Well it has been a month since I planted some containers on our back patio. Soon after planting, we had 3" of snow. I decided to try a couple of things. 1. was to cover 1 of the tomatoes with a clay pot in the Earth Box to see how it would survive the storm. 2. was to spray the other tomato plant with a new product called FreezePruf, a new 'plant anti-freeze' from the Liquid Fence company. Check it out I think the FreezePruf will work to protect against a frost, but not a snow. I have since replanted the frozen plant (the plant on the right) but the pot covered plant is doing fine.

I have also planted some additional containers, Smart Pots with peppers, tomatoes and onion plants. One benefit to container gardening is that plants may be planted weeks earlier than in the ground much easier.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Urban Gardening

seems to be the new gardening buzz word these days. Maybe using the term 'City Gardening' or 'Small Space Gardening' or even, 'I just don't want to convert 1/2 of my back yard to a garden' would be other ways of explaining what Urban Gardening is.

You have seen my larger area where I plant rows of vegetables, but this year I am going to grow veggies on and around our back patio. It does not get much better than stepping out the back door and grabbing a fresh tomato or pepper.

Today, for our 'Johnson's Garden Time' TV show to air in a couple of weeks, we potted up an 'Earthbox' and 'Smartpot'. The Earthbox is a rectangle plastic container on rollers that has 2 tomato plants, the Smartpot, is planted with potatoes.

Mid-March is plenty early to be planting tomatoes in Kansas, but by using the Earthbox, or a Smartpot, portability is very simple, or being close to the back door, I'll be able to cover the tender plants when the last few freezes occur.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This afternoon when

the skies cleared, I just had to get out and do something in the 2010 vegetable garden. I fired up the troy built tiller and worked the soil where my first plantings will go. My plan is to get in potatoes (tomorrow is St. Pats day), onions, radishes, carrots, cole crops, and will probably do a 'gamble' tomato.

This year I may try smaller plots of vegetable, not the long 100' rows like last year. Anyway, my first area is ready to plant.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

For Valentine's Day or any Occasion

At Johnson's, we've got plenty of gift ideas for your buttercup this Valentine's Day. We keep a nice selection of premium houseplants in fresh supply.
For indoor blooms, choose from Orchids, Bromeliads, Flamingo Flower, Rieger Begonias, Kalanchoes, and Collector's African Violets.
New this year are "Chocolate Kisses" Valentine's Dish Gardens. These come in cute pink and brown ceramic containers and are sure to please.
We also have many, many foliage houseplants. From big to small, green to variegated, chartreuse to burgundy, we'll have just the right one for your sweetie. And, our knowledgeable staff can help you select the right houseplant for the right area.
So, come on in and shop from the sunny comfort of our greenhouses to pick up the perfect gift for your Valentine.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Spring flowering Dutch bulbs

are always the first sign of Spring. Today I noticed crocus bulbs pushing their way out of the ground. Wow, January 22nd seems early, but that does not mean they will be blooming in a few days. My guess is that by the 3rd week in February I should start seeing these miracles starting to show come color. If we have days that are sunny and in the 40's and 50's they should be showing their color by then. My tulips are still asleep in the soil, or at least busy developing a root system. I am sure that if I dug down a couple of inches they would be right there.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What's going on here?

Every January at the Garden Center allows us the opportunity to paint walls, reseal the floor, do those yearly maintenance items before the next seasons merchandise arrives. This year, we are taking it a step further at our store at 2707 W. 13th. (Our West store, althought the 'Ridge' store is further west)

If you have ever worked with both pegboard and slatwall, you know how much nicer the slat wall is. Dad had custom pegboard installed at the 'West' store in the 60's sometime. I need to check with Mom to see when that actually happened. It went from idea to tearing out the pegboard in a matter of minutes. My idea was to think about it and do it next year before the Christmas set-up in October. I didn't even get a vote. Within an hour, most of the old was down and the cinder block from yrs ago was showing. The old stories then came with all the 'stuff' we found behind and under the shelving. Wooden flats, Christmas arrangements, cigarette butts, I love telling the employees how things were done in the past. I can see their thoughts in their faces, 'Yeah, and I bet you walked to school uphill, both ways, in the snow too, Marty."

Anyway, here is the old wall from the original 'Orie Johnson' building that is pre 1960 construction. Check back and see how the project progresses.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Indoor Gardening Seminar

If you are tired of those south of the border grown tomatoes and want to learn how to grow your own, then this Saturday at 10 at our store at 2707 W. 13 is the place to be. Here you will see our hydroponic lettuce and tomatoes that we have been growing the past few weeks in our indoor gardening department. We will cover the basics of indoor gardening for the beginning gardener. Many people start by growing in pots in a potting mix, then move on to a hydroponic system. We have an excellent selection of herbs at all 3 stores that do very well in an indoor garden. If you don't make the seminar, be sure and stop by anytime and check out our indoor gardening department.