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Friday, March 18, 2011

Recipe for Disaster

Let’s make Friday a recipe day. But wait! Do we have everything we need in our pantry? Better yet, let’s skip the recipe and just wing it. Well, that’s a surefire way to head for disaster in the kitchen. This same thing can happen in our garden. Yesterday’s warm temperatures unglued the best of us with rushing thoughts of garden chores and shopping lists. Many folks experienced a snowy, cold winter and our bubbling enthusiasm is about to boil over.

So let’s step back and take a simple tip from ‘America’s Test Kitchen’. This piece of advice can be applied to gardening as well as recipes: measure out all your ingredients before you start whipping up your favorite dish or dessert. Sounds easy, does it? Well, you need to relax a bit and plan for success. Many of us want to jump the gun and get right into it but desire less chaos in the garden. First things first; you need to make sure everything is lined up and ready to go. No need to conjure up a recipe for disaster.

So let’s dig into last March’s archives and pull out a simple reminder for folks about digging and transplanting. It’s a straightforward recipe to follow while we move through this tricky transitional period. You can find other tips and ideas on the blog’s search button.

Enough said. Let’s end Friday’s post with a quote from a Portuguese stone mason. “If you start out crooked, you never straighten out.” March 20th is the first day of spring but put things on a slow simmer. Don’t bring it to a boil. Spend your initial burst of enthusiasm lining out your ingredients. And remember, there are a few recipes you can wing in life, but with everything else there’s planning.

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