Come see the Spring Flower Show!

Newsletter 9 – Thursday, April 14, 2016

Current Hours

Cottage Grove

Mon-Fri 9-7
Sat & Sun 9-5


Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 9-4

Spring Flower Show Weekend!

Sat & Sun, April 16-17th 9-5

You’re invited to our special spring flower show weekend! Come see what we’re growing and get a jump on planning your garden by getting re-acquainted with plants that are tried-and-true and picking out your new faves! Check out our new varieties for 2016, which includes 95 annual varieties and lots of new fruits, vegetables, perennials, trees and shrubs.

We also have some fabulous events taking place:

Saturday 9-10 Vegetable Gardening Class
Sat. & Sun 9-3 Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening
Saturday 10-3 Drop in ‘Hands Only’ CPR class

My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.

Mitch Hedberg

Vegetable Gardening Class

Saturday, April 16th 9-10

By Ed Knapton
Owner of America’s Best Flowers

This event was well attended and it was enjoyed so much we decided to do it again!

Come have some fun and listen to a few jokes, as you learn about vegetables and flowers in your garden with one of the most experienced vegetable growers in Dane County. Much of the time will be spent answering your questions, and a handout will be provided as to varieties and proper spacing.

Our speaker, Ed, has experience starting seedlings in a wide range of settings, including in the living room 40 years ago, in a lean-to greenhouse on the house, and in a large commercial greenhouse. He has planted container gardens, small backyard gardens, and a one-acre garden, which grew into 30 acres of vegetables for a pick-your-own operation. He has attended vegetable, fruit, and flower conferences all over the US and Canada, and has a degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin. Please come to pick his brain. If he doesn’t know the answers, he certainly can get them for you later.

The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.

Joan Rivers

Get your Tools Sharpened for Easy Gardening!

Sat & Sun, April 16-17th 9-3

Come in and sharpen your garden tools
Come in and sharpen your garden tools

Any seasoned gardener knows the struggle of working with tools that are dull or rusty and boy, is it a pain! Literally! It can really strain our bodies to make do and since we gardeners are a tough lot, we often don’t notice until our hand is throbbing in pain! Make gardening easier by getting your tools sharpened by a professional.

Don, from Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening, will sharpen those dull garden tools, lawn mower blades, tin snips, and more for a nominal fee (collected by Don). Look for our signs in the parking lot directing you to the drop off area in Greenhouse #7.

Don will be able to sharpen most items while you are enjoying your time at the greenhouse. For more difficult sharpening Don may need to take your items back to his shop. They may then be picked up at America’s Best Flowers the following week.

Learn How to Save Lives

Saturday, April 16th 10-3

Tom and Ginny Olson of Fevolden Farm LLC are back for another informative class on Compression Only CPR (Hands Only CPR)! They will be on-site to provide hands-on training on CPR, the Heimlich maneuver for relief of choking, and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). There will be no charge for this training and it is open to anyone 10 years of age and older. Just drop in and learn. Expected time commitment – 15-30 minutes.

In addition to their experience with alpacas and alpaca products, Tom & Ginny have many years of experience in the health care field. Ginny has over 20 years experience in critical care as a Registered Nurse followed by 10 years as a Nurse Infomaticist at the Madison VA Hospital. Tom has over 30 years experience teaching safety and emergency response classes at Madison College and the Madison VA Hospital. Both are retired volunteer Deer-Grove EMTs and have been teaching CPR for over 30 years as certified instructors for the American Heart Association.

Whatever you do, always give 100%…
unless you are donating blood.

“Eating What You Grow”
Learn the Benefits of Composting

Wednesday, April 20th 6-7pm

Have you experienced the joy of growing nutritious food using compost? If not, then we have the perfect opportunity for you to discover how compost boosts the nutritional value of foods, straight from Steve of Purple Cow Organics! He’s a compost expert and will be sharing his knowledge with all who attend this free one-hour class. Plan to join us for this wonderful learning opportunity!

Purple Cow Organics is a Wisconsin company that produces quality organic compost, potting soil, soil amendment for tomatoes, and compost tea bags. Their products are made from natural ingredients (not manure) and contain a plethora of beneficial microbes essential to healthy soil, which contributes to healthy plants, a healthy environment, and a healthy life!

We carry Purple Cow Compost (1 cu ft or 6 Qt. bags), Potting Mix (.75 cu ft or 1.5 cu ft bags), Tomato Gro (12 Qt. bag), and Compost Tea (bag of 12 tea bags, 2 Oz. ea.).

What did the stamp say to the envelope?
Stick with me and I’ll take you places!

New Products Corner
Spinners and Balancers

We have a nice selection of delightful garden art stakes that dance and twirl in the wind! Some spin around, keeping pace with the wind, while others delicately balance providing movement and animation to your garden or landscape. From elegant patterns to playful bicycles and birds, there’s a design to fit everyone’s style. These pieces are neat enough to be in an art show and they’re built to last!

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Douglas Adams

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Upcoming Events

Sat, Apr 16

Vegetable Gardening Class

10-11am Learn from the expert!

Sat, Apr 16

Drop-in ‘Hands Only’ CPR class

10-3pm No fee, no certification.

Sat, Apr 16 – Sun, Apr 17

Spring Flower Show

We have your all-time favorite plants plus a few new ones for the season and a HUGE selection of new pottery.

Sat, Apr 16 – Sun, Apr 17

Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

9-3pm Get your tools ready for easier gardening.

Sat, Apr 23

Earth Day Celebration

10am-2pm – Free children’s activities. Bring a white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls, plant flower seeds and more.

Sat, Apr 23 – Sun, Apr 24

Arbor Day Celebration

Receive a Free Black Hills Spruce with purchase, while supplies last. Limit 1 per family.

Sat, Apr 23 – Sun, Apr 24

Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil, slow release fertilizer and assistance with a minimum $10 purchase per container. You create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own EMPTY pots or buy some of ours.

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

It looks like the weather is finally starting to turn around and warm up a bit! I know we’ve all been waiting for this, and I’m certainly excited, but I can’t help but share with you another favorite recipe of mine that is best suited for cooler weather. It’s a slow cooker recipe for a comforting stew that is hearty but not heavy, and would still be nice for a brisk spring evening.

Now I love recipes that have a variety of vegetables, make enough for several meals, and are easy to make, and this one hits all of those points. After a little prep and an initial sauté, you can just throw everything together and you’re on to other things while it cooks! It makes a lot, so you can halve the recipe for a smaller slow cooker or you can freeze some for later.

A bowl of this is great on its own, or sometimes I like to add a cup or two of brown rice.

Curried Chickpea and Vegetable Stew

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 medium red or yellow potatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with their juices
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag baby spinach
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion with one third teaspoon of salt until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and another third teaspoon of salt, and sauté until just translucent around the edges.

Stir in the curry, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and cayenne and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in 1/4 cup of broth and scrape up any toasty bits from the bottom of the pan. Transfer this onion-potato mixture into the bowl of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. (Halve this recipe for a smaller slow cooker.)

To the slow cooker, add the rest of the broth, chickpeas, bell pepper, cauliflower, and tomatoes with their juices, pepper, and final third teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine. The liquid should come about halfway up the sides of the bowl; add more broth as necessary. Cover and cook for 4 hours on HIGH.

Stir in the spinach and coconut milk. Cover with lid for a few more minutes to allow the spinach to wilt. Taste and correct the salt and other seasonings as needed.