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I know most of your aren’t thinking about your garden this time of year, but I want you to think otherwise!
Miracle-Gro has done all the hard work in finding out which flowers, plants and vegetables grow well in your region to help you find Find beauty in the Fall. Pretty nice, right?!
This is what I found out for those in the Southwest, like me looking to to plant some FALL EDIBLES:
Potatoes. Tomatoes. Carrots. YUM!!
I’ve never planted carrots before but would love to try. We have planted tomatoes but with little success… only because someone kept forgetting to water the poor things. I have to remind myself and the hubby that we live in the desert and need to make sure we are religious about watering our plants as well using the right soil. Fortunately, since moving into this home the hubby has installed a drip system making things easier! As for potatoes, I’ll leave those to my hubby’s extended family who are huge potato farmers here in Arizona.
So, with carrots and tomatoes I turned to Pinterest to find a yummy recipe I could make with them. It’s there that I found Jamie Deen‘s Bow Tie Pasta Salad. We tried it out, and it’s definitely a keeper!!
We made a few modifications to this one, but kept things the same for the most part.
Here is the recipe with our modifications if you’d like to make it yourself…
- 1 pound bowtie pasta
- kosher salt
- 1 cup frozen edamame (out of the pods)
- 2 carrots, sliced into 1/2 inch chunks
- one 12-ounce broccoli crown, cut into bite-size florets
- 1 cup shredded part-skim moazzarella
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 4-5 TB olive oil
- 3-4 TB red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- fresh ground black pepper
1. Prepare pasta as directed but set time for 3 minutes less than it says on the box or bag.
2. When timer goes off add edamame and carrots. Cook for 2 minutes longer.
3. Add broccoli and cook for 1 more minute.
4. Drain pasta and veggies. Rinse well under cold water.
5. Add this mixture to a bowl and add cheese and cherry tomatoes.
6. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil and vinegar. Add mayonnaise, sugar, garlic as well as some salt and sugar.
7. Add dressing to the salad and mix well. Serve immediately or chill for 2 hours before serving.
We are huge salad fans at my home, so we are always looking for yummy salad recipes – this is one we’ll be adding to the favorites list!!
To make sure your veggies are nice and ready for a salad like this be sure to use Miracle-Gro Garden Soil for Flowers and Vegetables. It improves your existing soil to build strong roots. Or you can use Miracle-Gro Liqua Feed which makes feeds as easy as watering!
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So, I want to know… what are all your tips and tricks for gardening? Especially if you live in a super hot place like I do!!