SicloVerde 2015

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Terrell Heights Community Garden included in SicloVerde 2015

Since its formation in January 2013, the garden group has met regularly to build and plant the garden as it is today. We have a core group of volunteers but anyone who would like to join us for our monthly work days, we welcome you. Our next work day is Saturday, May 30th.

In the last month we were included in SicloVerde sponsored by Green Spaces Alliance, a bike riding tour of community gardens in San Antonio. Fifty bikers stopped by to check our neighborhood garden, while Girl Scout troop 1091 potted plants for Mothers Day gifts.

Many of you may have heard about our plans to add a storage shed to the site. We are excited to start our new building project to construct a shed and shade shelter We. plan to the building design online in the next month.

Currently we have eight garden plots rented on an annual basis. Please contact Judy Temple, our garden’s tireless organizer, if you are interested in a plot in the future.

Stop by and enjoy the garden our Spring crop is growing well thanks to all the plentiful rain.

Better Tomatoes, thank you very mulch

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Want better tomatoes this June? Heck, who doesn’t want better everything. It’s time for mulch!

Summer is the hardest time of year to garden in South Texas. As we turn the corner on June and tomato season. As we get closer to those hot summer days and nights, it is important to make sure the soil in your garden is ready to take on the heat.  A fresh layer of compost and mulch is essential. The compost feeds your soil and thus your plants. A fresh batch of mulch helps keep the soil moisture level consistent so you don’t have to water as much also. Depending on the amount of sun you get, two to five inches of mulch is necessary. The mulch will settle and then the heat and sun will decompose the mulch, in turn feeding your soil.  Hopefully the rain will continue and with these two steps, we will all have bumper crop of tomatoes and everything else to eat all summer long.

Green Living Sundays

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Join us for Green Living Sunday in Scates Park.

The newest group sponsored by the neighborhood association is Green Living. We seek to heighten the discussion, education, and awareness surrounding living in an ecologically sustainable way.

We meet on a select Sunday afternoon in Scates Park for conversations and idea sharing about all things green in our neighborhood. Please join us. Just watch the events calendar for the neighborhood association and NextDoor for announcements.

Hooray for all the recycling that happens in Terrell Heights! And for all the other eco-friendly things that we do like organic gardening and lawn care, following watering guidelines, using the library and e-books, etc. Join us to learn what else we can all do easily and every day.

How about adding one more thing to your eco-approach? And, next month, another? Like Rumi says, “There are 1,000 ways to kneel down and kiss the earth.” What will you add?

Have a Green Living question? Post them on Nextdoor and we’ll try to address it at an upcoming discussion and/or share our feedback here. Next up: Make & Take Dryerballs and  everything you ever needed to know about SUP (single-use plastic).

Live Green.

 

Yardscape

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Keeping your St. Augustine beautiful is not particularly a challenge

St. Augustine grass is a very hardy turf grass. It is the most shade tolerant warm season grass and, if managed properly, it forms a dense mat that competes well with most weeds.  To keep your St. Augustine in good condition, fertilize your lawn about every ten weeks, beginning three weeks after the grass turns green until late November/early December.  Apply slow-release 3-1-2 or 3-0-2 ratio fertilizers, such as Premium Lawn Food (19-5-9) available at Rainbow Gardens, or any 15-5-10 Texas brand.

 

Stuffed Peppers without the Hassle

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Summer is here and it is time for rich dishes without all of the calories and time in the kitchen. Discover stuffed peppers without a lot of hassle. Enjoy this summer favorite with a large crisp salad and a glass of red wine. 

Ingredients:

½ lb of ground turkey or chicken

1 cup chopped onions

1 teaspoon taco seasoning

2 Cups cooked rice – any kind

3-4 yellow or red bell peppers (the colored peppers are sweeter – the green peppers are bitter) cut peppers in half lengthwise and deseeded peppers

2/3 Cup of corn

1 Cup black beans, drained

6-8 ounce jar of salsa (to taste) (mango peach) to give it a sweet taste – if you use regular salsa, just add a little peach jam

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Toppings:

Cilantro

Sour Cream

Avocado

Heat the oven to 400 degrees, lightly coat the peppers with olive oil or olive spray and roast in a baking dish for 20-25 minutes till the peppers are just cooked through not mushy.  Remove peppers from the oven and cool until you can handle them.  Cook turkey or chicken add onions and sauté. Once the meat is cooked and onions soft, add the cooked rice, black beans, corn, taco seasoning and salsa. Spoon mixture into each half pepper and place back into the oven to cook for another 15 minutes until peppers are cooked through. Sprinkle with cheese and put back into the oven until the cheese is melts.

150 calories per serving – ½ of a pepper