For The Cooks In Our Club….

thecookscook-april-mayI just took a look at Denise Landis’ new issue of her online magazine, The Cook’s Cook.  It’s written for “cooks, food writers & recipe testers”.  I know how much many of our members enjoy cooking (myself excluded) and I think you would enjoy checking this out. It’s very well done, with articles & blogs about food & food-related issues. (There’s an informative article in this issue about saving the bees.) I also found some interesting recipes on Denise’s blog.  Go to  The Cook’s Cook website where  you can subscribe for free.      


Propagating Succulents

SucculentsSpring is here!

It’s time to start thinking about planting. Succulents are beautiful little plants that do well in the garden and in pots. Since they can be quite costly at the garden center, it would be great if you could get your own free plants! How do you do it? Propagating, of course! Here are 4 easy steps.

  1. Break off leaves from a small branch, exposing a short stem. Dry, or “callus”,  cutting for several days before rooting.
  2. Mix equal parts sand, perlite and soil. Water well and use to fill a small pot.
  3. Push stem or ends of leaves into the potted soil mixture and tamp around them to set in place.
  4. Water and keep the succulents moist in a sunny spot. Watch for new growth in four to six weeks, then repot if desired.

Propagating Century PlantIn the photo to the left is a propagated century plant. You may remember that Terri gave out some cuttings one meeting a while back. I decided to try it and it turned out well – notice the new growth on either side of the base of the plant. If you look hard you will see a small shoot on the left. I fully expect to see flowers in a century or so.  If I can do it, you can too!

~ Max


Pot Swap Redux

Next Meeting – Bring It ON!

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses of pots yearning to breathe free;
The wretched refuse of your teeming garage…

Pot Swap

Bring out your pots! Or any garden related item (book, vases, tools, etc.) that you want to swap at the next meeting! NO Soil, Cheapo Plastic Nursery Pots, Chemicals! This is a classy event. Leftovers will be donated to the Swap Shop of Betsy’s choice.

Brought to you by the Environment & Conservation Committee.

Fun With Vegetables

It’s April Fool’s Day – Hope you don’t get punked!

Here are some fun things you can make with a knife and some veggies. Who said you shouldn’t play with your food? Thanks to Linda G. for bringing this underrated art form to our attention.

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