Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern Coasts

August, 2004
Regional Report


Sauce for All
A fresh-tasting sauce, not quite Mediterranean but close, and generally more palatable to children.

2 medium cucumbers
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup lite sour cream
1/4 cup lite mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped dill

Peel the cukes and slice them lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out just the seeds if they are large. Place the cuke chunks into a blender, food processor, or grinder and whiz once to soften, then add the rest. Whiz just enough to blend.

Serve for dipping raw or fried vegetables, including fried okra and mushrooms; and in chicken wraps instead of heavier ranch dressing. Store for up to two weeks in a covered plastic container in the refrigerator.


Thinking Deep
You may recognize Fran Sorin's name from the supplement to your Sunday newspaper, or from her television work as gardener to the stars. Her projects are always lovely and her advice right on target. But her new work is more inspirational than all that. In Digging Deep (Warner Books, 2004; $22.95) she teaches the reader how to explore the creative process through the garden. If you've ever wondered why you like the look of one garden and not another, this book will definitely be your cup of tea. Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening is the subtitle of this book. That is its mission and its accomplishment.


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