Steer Clear of Invasive Plants
Even though there may not yet be legal prohibitions against selling them, some non-native landscape plants commonly sold in nurseries in our region definitely have invasive potential. Among these are Japanese barberry, burning bush, Norway maple, Amur maple and yellow iris. Anticipating the likely addition of these plants to the quarantine list by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association, working with The Nature Conservancy, has come up with a voluntary code of conduct to encourage professional plantspeople to stop the sale and use of these troublesome plants and encourage home gardeners to remove these plants and garden with safe alternatives. Vermont Invasive Plants is a website put together by the two organizations, along with a number of other private organizations and government agencies, to provide information on the problem of invasives in Vermont, how to identify problem plants and suggestions for what you can do to help. The Resource section contains much useful information, including links to organizations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York that are working to curb invasives in those states.
Cooking From the Garden
After you've had your fill of my zucchini casserole, here's a cookbook full of delicious recipes using all your garden fresh produce. Cooking from the Garden:Best recipes from the Kitchen Gardener, edited by Ruth Lively (Taunton Press, 2010, $29.95) contains more than 200 recipes culled from the pages of that magazine. Combine your zucchini with carrots, peppers, onions, tomatoes and herbs in a Moroccan-Style Vegetable Saute or put some aside to enjoy over the winter as Zucchini Pickles. Tired of zucchini? Try Garlic Chive & Rice Salad and finish up with a Lemon Verbena Flan. There's even a recipe for Carrot-Top Soup I can't wait to try! Each recipe includes a "fresh from the garden" list of produce used, as well as nutritional information. Also included are seasonal menu suggestions.