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PHILIP GARDEN CLUB

 


We in the western part of South Dakota take a certain pride in gardening in tough and demanding situations. The newly (2009) formed Philip Garden Club is a dedicated, creative group determined to prove that if a love of flowers, fruits and veggies grows in your heart...those flowers can also grow in the garden!




A little history about the green thumbs of Philip!!

The Philip Garden Club was founded in 2009 by Elke Baxter who had just moved into town that same year. The club soon had a small group of followers and to this day enjoys monthly meetings either indoors at the Haakon County Community Room in the Philip Court House or outdoors in someone's garden. Members or any local gardener may host this informal get together and everyone enjoys these relaxed garden tours. Hostesses often insist on serving goodies, some even quite elavorate meals and these treats are especiallty welcomed.

Whenever opportunities present themselves members carpool to outings and have participated as volunteers from various Rapid City based functions to Fall color outings in Spearfish Canyon.

2012 is beginning to see more planning, a few larger local events, such as a PlantShare based on Pennington County's successful event and still a number of outings.

As a new group, it is still unofficially "unorganized"", sometimes literally, but generally the 15 or so members manage quite well as a group. Guests and new members are always welcome as are ideas and helping hands.

For more information, contact Lori Quinn 544-3273, Elke Baxter 859-2252, or Sandra O'Connor 859-2134.




News

Summer Food in Wintry February

 

16 Popular Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Freeze

1. Garlic – You can freeze whole garlic, garlic cloves or chopped fresh garlic. Frozen garlic does lose some of its texture, but the flavor remains intact.

2. Corn – You can freeze fresh-picked corn on the cob for up to one year. Pack it in freezer bags — husk and silk and all. For store-bought corn, husk and blanch it before freezing.

3. Avocados – The bad news is that frozen avocados lose their consistency. The good news is that they do not lose their taste, so you can use them for guacamole or dressing. Wash and halve them before peeling. Freeze as halves, or puree them with lime or lemon juice and then store for up to eight months.

4. Mushrooms — You can freeze raw button, creminis and portabellas mushrooms for later use. Chop and slice mushrooms and then spread them on a cookie sheet. Freeze. Then transfer the pieces to bags or containers.

5. Onion – You can save chopping time – and tears – by freezing onion for cooking later. Store peeled, chopped onion in plastic freezer bags. The best part is you can just toss them into your recipes without thawing them first.

6. Hummus – Scoop your fresh hummus into plastic containers. Then drizzle a thin layer of olive oil on the top to keep it from drying out. Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before mixing and serving.


more such winter gardening from Off the Grid News