For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Jun 23

Your Questions About Gardening

Mark asks…

How do you make Chocolate Cashew Delights like they sell at Busch Gardens?

I bought Dark Chocolate Cashews at Busch Gardens and they are AMAZING. They look like they are made out of whole cashews with dark chocolate on top with caramel in the middle but Im not sure how to make them.

GardenersCardiff answers:

Chocolate Cashew Brittle

1 1/2 cup roasted cashews – roughly chopped
4 Tb unsalted butter
a pinch of salt
1 Tb pure vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Tb corn syrup
1/3 cup of water

3/4 cup finely chopped semisweet chocolate

Roughly chop roasted cashews.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. If using parchment paper lightly grease it with butter.

Have butter, baking soda, vanilla and salt ready in a bowl and set aside.

In a heavy bottomed pan, bring sugar, water and corn syrup to a boil on high heat. Boil sugar till it turns amber. It took me around 12 – 15 minutes. It will also start to get a little smoky at this point.
Remove pot from heat and stir in the ingredients that was set aside earlier. Stir quickly and add in the chopped nuts. I used my sturdy wooden spoon. Baking soda will make it foamy, so don’t be alarmed!

Pour brittle onto prepared baking sheet and spread out as thinly as you can. Word of caution, DON”T lick the spoon, put it away in the sink..seriously, burnt sugar is VERY hot. If you want chocolate on it, sprinkle 3/4 cup of finely chopped semisweet on the brittle after the brittle is spread out. The hot brittle will melt the chocolate. Wait for 7 minutes and spread out the melted chocolate with a knife or a silicone spatula

This whole cooking process takes only 20 minutes tops. Can’t beat that this time of the year.It makes a wonderful gift and it travels well.

Let it cool completely, break it into shards and enjoy!

Ruth asks…

Are there any organic fertilizers on the market that perform well for small scale vegetable gardens?

I am interested in nutitional veggies, not perfect looking tastless ones. I used a well know flower and veggie plant food last year (Miracle Grow) makes nice flowers.The fruit did not taste sweet and the skins were thick and tough. I have added more garden soil and composted manure this year but I want something more to boost the crop in quantity and taste. Any suggestions? Or should that be enough? I am looking for a home made organic fertilizer, any tried and true recipes? I am planning on sharing what ever grows with family and neighbors. so I am hoping for a bumper crop. I am growing lots of tomatos,cucumbers, some watermelon,carrots,yellow beans,radishes,chives,parsley..oh yes flowers lots. I wanted more but ran out of garden darn!
I am looking for a market brand organic liquid or powder veggie food. I will try the others in different parts of my garden and experiment. I really want lots to harvest I love fresh plentiful veggies!
I have started composting my veggie peels,leaves, fruit,grass clippings,egg shells,coffee grinds,tea leaves,but for now I need something else.

GardenersCardiff answers:

YES !!! Go to Gardens Alive .com
They have tons of different types , all organic.I ‘ve been using their
products for years , and they are great ! Their ” tomatoes alive ! ”
fertilizer for tomatoes is GREAT ! Some of my tomatoes this year
are over 6 feet tall already, and loaded with ” Maters ” ….
( they sometimes send you coupons for $25.00 tot ry their stuff. These are like a gift certificate ; if you send less than $25.00, your suff is free.. A great deal ! ) Enjoy !

Donna asks…

What is the coolest mothers day gift you have ever recieved?

Trying to find a neat and different idea for Mom this year. She is retired, has everything she ever wanted, and no real hobbies except gardening, and I live several states away, so plants or trees are kinda out of the question.

GardenersCardiff answers:

Having never received one as you can readily tell, I can only share stuff I thought my mom liked.

Stuff I got for her that I thought she would like often ended up stored away for posterity somewhere. The stuff that I saw she put in places she could see anytime were things where I put some “heart” into it.

Some examples are: souveniers I got for her while on trips abroad where she could see I was thinking about her even while I was busy with many other things. A small trophy for “world’s best mom.” A framed poem about how much I appreciated the things she taught me, and another one about the hard times in her life when she sacrificed so I could have, and another about “now I understand what she was trying to explain.” And other things that let her know how much I appreciated and loved and thought about her a lot.

Maybe consider sending her your answer to the “hereafter” question with things about her too? Anyway, just my opinions.

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