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Newsletter 10 – Thursday, May 20, 2010

"Start by doing what’s necessary,
then do what’s possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

Francis of Assisi


In gardening the possibilities truly are endless. With over a thousand choices for annuals alone here at ABF, the number of combinations is mind-boggling. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The perfect time to explore possibilities is this weekend. Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23, from 10 to 4 we will have our final Spring Container Workshop. These workshops are designed to help you design your own unique planters. We offer FREE soil and assistance, and we clean up the mess.

So "contain" yourself, take advantage of this final workshop to finish planting your pots. Bring your own, or choose one from our beautiful selection of containers and self-watering pots. Select a variety of plants from our large inventory of annuals, perennials and small shrubs. Add an ornamental grass, canna or red cordyline for height and Viola! you’ll take home a container that will dazzle your neighbors.

When you come out to plant your containers, be sure to attend our vegetable gardening workshop, Veggie Gardening, Tomatoes and More! at 1:00 on Sunday, May 23. Nothing tastes better than vegetables picked fresh from your own garden. Brian Emerson, a UW Extension Horticulturalist, will be here to show you how to get the most out of your vegetable garden. He will share tips that will not only save time, but insure your success. Right after the FREE class, he will have a question and answer period for specific issues.

What a crook sees with.

Decorating for Graduation or Wedding?

Our mixed annual containers are the quickest fix of all. Available in a wide range of sizes and colors, they will brighten up any outdoor setting. If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, our Custom Container Department will plant one up for you. Our design staff is so talented, creativity practically oozes out of them. And they are available to help you achieve the perfect look for your outdoor living spaces. If you haven’t met Sharon and her crew yet, come out today and introduce yourself. They are located in the back of the big house.

Workers who put together kitchen cabinets.

Rainy Day Gardeners

Days when rain keeps you from working in the garden are perfect opportunities to come out and shop in our two acres of covered greenhouses. We can always tell the true gardeners from the wanna-bes. True gardeners want to spend every minute of sunny days in their gardens so they take advantage of the rainy days to shop. They also know they will have the greenhouses and staff to themselves. If you, too, would like to shop when it’s quiet, come on out the next time it rains. You’ll be SO glad you did.

A clumsy ophthalmologist

FREE Herb Class by Mari Lynn Haugh

Thursday, May 20 at 6:30

Last Saturday Mari Lynn Haugh led an interesting Herb Class and served a yummy Rose Geranium pound cake. Due to popular demand, the class will be repeated this Thursday at 6:30. She will discuss methods of using herbs as gifts, how to make herbal sachets for cat toys, baby toys and drawer sachets. She’ll also show how to make dry herb blends for teas, cooking blends, herbal baths and dream pillows. Did you know you can use herbs to infuse oils, vinegars, sugars, salts, bath salts and cleaning supplies? After the class plan time to shop from our great selection of herbs.

The act of torching a mortgage.

NEW Shrubs for 2010

Just off the truck! Our Proven Winner ® Shrubs are finally here. We have the newest varieties in a starter size for you to grow: And what a great value! A little patience will provide you with great plants at tremendous savings.

New for this year are:

  • Lo & Behold® Blue Chip Butterfly bush
  • Bloomerang® the new Reblooming Lilac that’s been in the magazines
  • Invincibelle Spirit®, the brand new pink ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea

We’ve had so many phone calls for these that we know they won’t last long, so hurry out today. Many other varieties are also available in these small sizes to save you money.

For a complete list of new annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees, please visit our website and click on the Products tab.

What an English barber does for a living.

Find us on Facebook

Our fan club is growing. Please become a fan on Facebook, and invite your friends. Help us get one thousand fans and surprises will await you when you visit our page.

What a guy in a boat does.

Herb Bread Recipes

Last weekend we celebrated our annual Herb Fest. We offered samples of herb bread and herbal dipping oils. Hands down, your favorite was the Cheese and Pepperoni Bread, thanks to our own Ilene, who baked several loaves. working late into Friday night. The Taco bread ran a close second. Special thanks also go out to Bonnie, who baked loaf after loaf, and our two Bevs, who helped with baking and preparing dipping oils. Check out the Winning Recipes

Two physicians

Upcoming Classes

Mark your calendars for two unique classes on Saturday, May 29. At 10 our own Al Lunde will tell how to have "Chickens in the Backyard and Veggie Gardening Too", the latest urban craze. Then at 11, Marla Eddy, Forester with the City of Madison, will speak on Japanese Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer Prevention. You can stop them from invading your territory, and destroying your plants, shrubs and trees.

A helper on the farm

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 20
Class 6:30PM – Herbs

Starts at 6:30PM with Mari Lyn Haugh. "Treat Yourself with Herbs"

Sun, May 23
Class 1PM – Vegetable Gardening Class

"Easy Vegetable Gardening, Tomatoes and More" by UW-Extension Horticulturist Brian Emerson.

Sat, May 29
Class 10AM – Chickens and Veggie Gardening

By Al Lunde. Learn how to raise chickens and how to have a successful vegetable garden.

Sat, May 29
Class 11AM – Emerald Ash borer and Japanese Beetle prevention

Now is the time to prepare to minimize these pests from your garden

Sat, Jun 5
Class 10AM – Sun Perennial Gardening

Free garden plan and class by Ilene Isenberg.

Sat, Jun 12
Class 10AM – Shade Perennial Gardening

There are more choices than hostas for shady places. Class by Ilene Isenberg.

What a bullfighter tries to do.


Check out this Crazy Ball Game. It it doesn’t drive you crazy, then you must be better at it than us!

A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonalds.

Bonnie’s Kitchen

I’ve been on a real muffin kick the past few weeks. Here are a couple of recipes that I enjoy.

Tex-Mex Pumpkin Corn Muffins

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 T sugar
  • 4 t baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • ½ t chili powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies
  • ¾ cup (3 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese

In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and chili powder.

In small bowl beat eggs, milk, mix in pumpkin, oil and chilies. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir until just moistened. Spoon into 18 greased or lined muffin cups. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm.

You can also bake 20 minutes at 425 in a 10" cast iron skillet.

Pineapple Carrot Raisin Muffins

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 t baking powder
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • ¼ t ground ginger
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 8oz. can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 t vanilla

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and ginger. Stir in carrots, raisins, and nuts.

In small bowl, combine undrained pineapple, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients until just moistened. Spoon into greased muffin cups or liners. Bake 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack

Cindy’s Gun

Rummaging through her attic one day, my friend Cindy found an old shotgun.
Unsure how to dispose of it, she called her parents.
"Take it to the police station," her mother suggested.
My friend was about to hang up when her mom added –
"And Cindy!"
"Yes, mom?"
"Call them first and let them know you’re coming."

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Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
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