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Easy Strawberry PiE Recipe
A Taste of Spring
Planting Summer Bulbs
When we say "summer bulbs" we're talking about flowering bulbs that grow and bloom during the summer, as opposed to spring and fall blooming bulbs. These bulbs tend to be tender perennials that can't survive cold, snowy winter, so they are either grown as annuals or are dug and stored and then replanted every year.
Summer bulbs include: begonias, caladium, cannas, dahlias, gladiola, gloriosa lilies, elephant ears, liatris, nerines, oxalis, pineapple lilies, tuberose and tigridia. Some of these are tubers and corms, but for purposes of planting and storing, they tend to be grouped together under the term “Summer Bulbs”.
When to Plant Summer Bulbs
Unless you live where the ground doesn’t freeze, you have to replant tender perennial summer bulbs every spring. Unlike spring blooming bulbs that are planted in the fall, summer bulbs need to be planted in the spring. Confusing, no? Summer bulbs need warm weather and warm soil. Since we can't predict the weather from year to year, there's no calendar planting date. Once the soil has dried out and warmed up to about 60° F (15.5° C) or more, it’s time to get summer bulbs in the ground. An easier rule of thumb to remember is, if it’s time for your tomatoes to go outdoors, it is also time to plant your summer bulbs.
Planting Summer Bulbs
Most bulbs need a well-draining site, to prevent molding and rotting. Amending the soil with compost or manure will help the bulbs grow, bloom and store energy.
In general, you plant bulbs about three times as deep as their diameter. So if you have a bulb that is 2 inches around, you would plant it 6 inches deep. A 3 inch diameter bulb would be planted about 9 inches deep. The package the bulbs come in often tells you the planting depth for your specific bulbs.
If you’d like to get a quick start on growing your summer bulbs, you can pot them up indoors a month or two before it’s time to transplant them outdoors. Then you can either move them outside pot and all or transplant them into the garden.
Of course, an even easier way to have summer bulbs blooming in your garden early is to purchase pre-grown bulbs. You can often find potted caladiums, elephant ears, begonias, and others for sale at the nursery, in the spring.
Easy Strawberry Pie – Taste of Home
1 pastry shell (9 inches), unbaked
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
Whipped cream, optional
• Line unpricked crust with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
• In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Refrigerate until slightly cooled, 15-20 minutes.
• Meanwhile, arrange strawberries in the crust. Pour gelatin mixture over berries. Refrigerate until set. Serve with whipped cream if desired.
Test Kitchen Tips
For a different presentation, use whole fresh strawberries and arrange them pointed side up in the pie crust. This is also a smart time-saver because you don't have to slice the berries.
Gelatin was first invented in 1845.
1 slice: 264 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.
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We had such a great response from this article last month, we decided to run it again for the Official start of Spring!
We love the Old Farmer's Almanac! Every year you can find the best dates for planting vegetables and fruit in your garden! The free planting calendar calculates the best time to start seeds indoors and outdoors, as well as when to plant young plants outside. Here is the link to the Planting Calendar: https://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-calendar/CO/Fort%20Collins
HOW TO USE THE PLANTING CALENDAR
Simply put, a planting calendar is a guide that tells you the best time to start planting your garden. Most planting calendars are based on frost dates, which dictate when you should start seeds and when it's safe to plant outdoors in your area. Our planting calendar is customized to your location in order to give you the most accurate information possible. On the planting calendar below, please note:
The Frost Dates indicate the best planting dates based on your local average frost dates. Average frost dates are based on historical weather data and are the planting guideline used by most gardeners.
The Moon Dates indicate the best planting dates based on your local frost dates and Moon phases. Planting by the Moon is considered a more traditional technique.
The Transplant Seedlings dates indicate the best time to plant young plants outdoors. This includes plants grown from seed at home and plants bought from a nursery. Although frost dates are a good way to know approximately when to start gardening, always check a local forecast before planting outdoors!
When no dates appear in the chart, that starting method is not recommended for that particular plant. Some crops do best when started outdoors rather than indoors, while others prefer the opposite.
Click on the name of a plant to see our corresponding Growing Guide.
To plan your garden more accurately in the future, keep a record of your garden's conditions each year, including frost dates and seed-starting dates!
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