For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   May 30

Your Questions About Gardening

Laura asks…

Does anyone know how to build a raised garden VERY SIMPLY?

Seems like only a box but I know there must be more to it.

GardenersCardiff answers:

I made them really easy by laying down six layers of newspaper, which kills the grass and weeds adding topsoil and decayed cow manure mixed up and piled on top of newspaper 5 or so inches deep top with mulch and plant away. It really works.

Joseph asks…

What caterpillar is similar to an armyworm?

I found a caterpillar in my garden and it looked like an armyworm and kept it as a pet and it has now made a cocoon that looks like an armyworm cocoon, but I was wondering if there was anything that was similar to the point where a person like me who knows close to nothing about bugs could mistake it?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Unless you get it to an entomologist at a nearby institution, then we may never know. Unless then it comes out of its cocoon. There are many pictures of army worm on the net so I think identification would be easier when the moth finally comes out.

Then at least you’d learn something or two about your cocoon. Could be useful in the future…

Good luck!

Mary asks…

What can i cook quick and easy?

I have less then an hour when i get home from work before i have to go to school and i have to cook dinner for two and eat before i leave. what are some good, quick and easy recipies or meals that i can whip up?

GardenersCardiff answers:

This simple five ingredient recipe tastes so wonderfully fresh. It’s ready in about 20 minutes.
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp. Oil
2 cups frozen pepper and onion stir fry mixture
1/3 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp. Lime or lemon juice
2 Tbsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper
1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
2 Tbsp. Water
Cut chicken into 1″ pieces. Heat oil in wok or heavy skillet. Add pepper and onion mixture and stir-fry until crisp tender. Remove from wok or skillet. Add chicken and stir-fry until no longer pink in center.
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Add cooked vegetables, orange juice, lime juice, honey, salt and pepper to chicken. Stir fry for 2-4 minutes until mixture starts to bubble.
Combine cornstarch and water in small bowl, then add to skillet. Cook and stir over medium high heat until sauce boils and thickens. Serve over hot cooked rice or noodles. 4 servings

fresh marinade with summer herbs adds fabulous flavor to this simple grilled steak recipe.
1/4 cup honey dijon mustard
1 tsp. Chopped fresh oregano
1 tsp. Chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp. Pepper
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 cloves minced garlic
4 boneless top sirloin steaks
Prepare and heat grill. In small bowl, combine all ingredients except steak and mix well. Spread this mixture on both sides of steaks and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Grill beef on uncovered grill 4-6″ above medium coals for 1 minute on each side to sear.

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Cover grill and cook 8-9 minutes longer for medium steaks, turning once during grilling. 4 servings
Calories: 130
Fat: 4 grams
Carbs: 2 grams

This simple sandwich can be made with any type of cheese. Gruyere is a rich and smooth type of Swiss cheese that is delicious with ham.
2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan cheese
8 slices cracked wheat or sourdough bread
4 (1/4″ thick) slices deli smoked ham
4 slices Gruyere or Swiss cheese
1/2 cup roasted red pepper strips, drained
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves or fresh baby spinach leaves
2 Tbsp. Butter
In small bowl combine mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese and mix well. Spread on one side of each piece of bread. Make sandwiches with the coated bread, Gruyere cheese, ham, the red pepper strips, and basil or baby spinach.
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Spread outside of sandwiches with the softened butter.
Grill sandwiches on dual contact indoor grill or panini grill or griddle until toasted and crisp. Serves 4

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