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I'm sharing my "Foodie Gardener" recipe for "Chayote Squash with Garlic and Sun Dried Tomatoes!"
Hallmark Channel Announces A New Hallmark Channel Original Special
“Home & Family Holiday Special”
Hosted By Mark Steines & Cristina Ferrare
Monday, November 25th from 8:00PM – 10:00PM ET/PT
On Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Channel announces a new Hallmark Channel Original Special, “Home & Family Holiday Special,” starring Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare, will air on the network, Monday, November 25 (8:00pm ET/PT, 7:00pm CT).
The “Home & Family Holiday Special” will encore on Tuesday, November 26 (10:00 am ET/PT, 9:00am CT).
The primetime edition of Hallmark Channel’s Daytime Emmy-nominated Original Series will feature Mark and Cristina celebrating the holidays with live entertainment, celebrity guests, recipes, crafts, and a tree-lighting ceremony second to none.
Celebrities dropping by to celebrate with the family include Emmy Award-winning actor Kellie Martin, Daytime Emmy-nominated actor Cameron Mathison, veteran TV actor Candace Cameron Bure, six-time Grammy Award-winning sing/songwriter Naomi Judd, and Golden Globe nominee Nicollette Sheridan.
The special will also feature amazing musical performances by the Italian operatic pop trio Il Volo; TV Host/Singer/Song Writer and new “Home & Family” member Matt Rogers; and the John Burroughs High School Choir, the national grand champions of all high school choirs in the United States.
And to top things off, a special festive ice rink will be set up in the Home & Family’s yard for a performance by the phenomenal Los Angeles Ice Theater company.
A “Home & Family Holiday Special” would not be complete without Cristina’s famous turkey dinner recipe that is a personal favorite of Oprah’s while Mark will share with the viewers, the secrets of how to take amazing holiday family pictures and make them unique to cherish for a lifetime of memories.
Lastly, in keeping with holiday traditions, there will be a tree and house-lighting ceremony, complete with ornaments and decorations from Hallmark Cards.
“Home & Family” family members Shirley Bovshow, Kym Douglas, Jessie Jane, Debbie Matenopoulos, Tanya Meme, Laura Nativo Matt Rodgers, Jill Simonian, Sophie Uliano and Ken Wingard will also be on hand to help bring in the holiday spirit.
“Home & Family," nominated for a prestigious Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Program and now in its second season, airs daily on Hallmark Channel, Monday -Friday (10:00am – 12:00pm. ET/PT, 9:00am CT).
Marty Tenney is the Executive Producer, Stacey Patterson, Ryan Berlin and Megan Lawson are Senior Producers. Bob Levy is the Director.
“Home & Family” is a Woody Fraser Enterprises production.
The show is broadcast in 1080i, Hallmark Channel’s selected HD Format and this program carries a TV-G parental guideline rating.
Build an inexpensive compost bin for red worms and get started on basic vermicomposting!
What is Vermicomposting?
"Vermicomposting is the process where red worms and micro organisms break down rotting food such as breads, banana peels, coffee grounds, paper products, (anything but meat and oil) and transform it into rich, compost soil for your garden!"
Do you want to put your leftover food to work and save money on buying compost for your garden?
It's easy and doesn't require a demanding time commitment or a lot of money to get started.
How Do Red Worms Create Compost?
It's a comlicated process which I will simplify for you:
The red worms live in a compost bin where microorganisms are plentiful.
They dedicate themselves to eating rotting food, multiplying and excreting "vermicastings."
Vermicastings are the end product or prized compost soil that can be used in both containers and garden beds.
In exchange for their castings, the worms ask for a warm, cozy, dark bin to live in, consistent moisture, and some food scraps- which, you need to dispose of anyway!
Sounds like a win/win situation.
Watch Video: "How to Make a Vermicomposting Box: Gardens of the Rich and Famous"
Although the show is actually a comedy and not a traditional garden show, you will take away a valuable "garden 101" tip from me in each video!
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Materials for Building a Compost Box for Worms
These are the materials I used in my video tutorial:
Two, 5-gallon paint buckets with plastic cover (one bucket will be placed inside the other)
A powered drill with 1/4" bit
Rotting fruit, vegetables, bread, coffee and tea grounds
Red Wiggler worms (these are the best type of worms to use for vermicomposting)
Steps for Building a Compost Box for Worms
Prepare the buckets!
1. Drill holes on the bottom of bucket that will be nested inside the other bucket using 1/4 inch drill bit to provide drainage for liquids and water.
When excess water drips out of this bucket, it will be caught in the bottom of second bucket and can be used as "liquid tea" for watering plants.
Holes should be 1/2 inch apart at bottom of bucket to release excess water.
The worms may crawl out but this is not likely.
Add a fine mesh cloth at bottom of bucket if it is a problem.
Add more holes below the bucket rim for aeration.
Add holes all the way around.
Your worms need oxygen too!
2. Nest the bucket that has holes into the second bucket that will act as a resevoir to hold excess liquid.
3. Add shredded newspaper to the bottom of your compost bucket
The newspaper will function as bedding for your red wigglers and should be fluffy and not compacted down, even after watering.
Many newspaper publishers use soy ink these days which is non toxic, but don't use the glossy paper or colored advertising circulers.
4. Water the newspaper to a "wet rag" consistency.
The newspaper should not be soaking wet as this causes the paper to compact and reduces air circulation for the worms.
5. Add rotting pieces of food to bin.
You have a wide assortment of foods that you can add to your worm compost bin but avoid meat, butter, and greasy food at all costs!
Oil and protein do not break down easily and you will attract rats and other vermin to your compost bin.
Be a mensch and cut your food into small pieces so that the worms can digest it easiser.
They have tiny mouths, as you can imagine, and a huge appetite.
Red wigglers in captivity will eat double their weight in food.
They channel their energy for eating and reproducing!
Get ready for worm population explosion in your compost bin- which is a good thing.
More worms, more poop!!
6. Add coffee or tea grounds!
Make friends with the local barista and ask for their used coffee grounds.
Coffee grounds contribute a source of nitrogen and acidity to the compost.
Don't worry if you don't remove the paper filter- the worms will eat that too.
7. Add a final layer of newspaper and water it
As a top layer, I like to hide my food under a final layer of moist newspaper.
This gives my red worms a landing pad when I throw them in and the opportunity to dive and explore their new home.
The newspaper also obscures light coming from the top of the bucket (white lid) and maintains a dark environment which is ideal for the worms.
8. Add the worms!
Some people prefer to wait a week or two after preparing the worm compost bucket to give the food an opportunity to rot and time for micro organisms to multiply.
I add them immediately!
No problem so far.
You will need approximately one pound of red wiggler worms for each pound of food in your composter.
Great deals can be had online or at your local garden center.
I spent $15 for one pound of worms and I expect them to double in population in 60 to 90 days!
9. Add your bucket cover and place your new vermicomposting bin in a sheltered area where it doesn't recieve direct sun.
We are not baking our worms!
Ideal temperatures range from 38 degrees to 85 degrees.
If you don't mind, you can place your compost bin indoors in a kitchen cupboard, utility room or garage.
10. Keep your worms fed!
The first few weeks of vermicomposting will be your discovery period.
Check your bin every few days to inspect the food consumption and assess how often you will need to feed your worms.
A good idea is to feed weekly and set the food in different places underneath your top layer of newspaper.
You don't want to concentrate the food in one area, let them explore!
If you need more paper, add moistened paper to your bin and fluff it so that worms can move around it.
Use Your Worm Castings in the Garden!
Within a few months, your worms will delight you with a supply of fresh compost soil that you can apply to container gardens and landscape plants!
Once you experience the joy of creating your own compost, you will be hooked!
Tips for Worm Composting
Use an opaque colored bucket or bin to keep the inside of your bin dark. Your worms require it!
Make sure the compost bin is always moist but never soaking wet.
Add a little prepared compost or grit to your food mix for extra roughage. Yes, worms need fiber too!
Harvest your worms from the finished compost by luring them to one area of the compost bin with new food. As they gather around the food, they will abandon the clean compost areas so that you can collect it and use in your garden!
Shirley with Ari and Emma of the Digs Channel show, "Gardens of the Rich and Famous"- a comedy web series with gardening undertones!
Good luck with your worm composting project!
Please leave me your questions and comments below so that I can answer them for you.
Interested in Basic Composting For Beginners?
Perhaps you would like to learn about basic composting that does not involve worms?
My nieghbor, Rob, who was an avid gardener, gave me my first Western Garden Book after seeing the horrible results of my first planting attempt.
His words: "Shirley, it looks like you planted a horse in your yard!"
Apparently, I was supposed to grade the soil after planting pansies and not leave the soil mounded like a bunch of mole holes!
Oh well, what did I know, I was just a newbie gardener.
Learn how to grow your food with the Sunset Garden Book and EdenMakers Blog!
Now in its ninth edition and completely redesigned to be more accessible, this go-to reference for gardening in the western United States includes over 2,000 full-color photographs for the first time as well as extra emphasis on contemporary issues like climate change, edible gardening, and water conservation.
With an encyclopedia of 9,000 plants, gardeners will relish the book's complete reference guide with photos for every plant genus, solid information about the West's distinct microclimates, and the new "Plant Finder" section with plants for every purpose and function.
$34.95 U.S. | $38.95 CAN
ISBN-10: 0-376-03921-3 | ISBN-13: 978-0-376-03921-7 $44.95 U.S. | $49.95 CAN
Buy a copy at your local bookstore or online.
Inside TheNew Sunset Western Garden Book you'll learn to:
Find the perfect plant for every purpose. The Plant Finder includes 1,000 new photographs and has a mobile companion.
In conjunction with the publication of the The New Sunset WesternGarden Book, Sunset is relaunching the popular online Plant Finder database and is introducing a companion mobile website sponsored by The Association of California Water Agencies.
The new Plant Finder database and mobile app (www.sunset.com/plantfinder) feature 2,000 of the West's most popular plants all searchable by Sunset Climate Zone, plant type, sun and water requirements, and a variety of other categories.
"Buff Beauty" yellow climbing rose
If you follow EdenMakers Blog, my garden falls in the Sunset Western Garden Book area of emphasis- western gardens.
The fact that Susan and Rochelle are professional landscape designers is not lost on me.
Who better to relay design trend information, present profiles of world-class designers, (past and present) and entertain our visual senses, than masters of space design?
Leaf magazine believes in:
~ great design and living well outdoors
~ the cultivation of beauty in the garden and beyond
~ sharing ideas that can be interpreted by all who love design
~ the celebration of creativity, originality, and balance, tempered with a sense of humor
~ honoring the land we live on by elevating it through thoughtful design
~ creating and cultivating online communities
Is there a need for another garden design magazine?
What do YOU read?
Lets see, there aren’t many garden magazines left on the racks these days.
My library includes Garden Design Magazine, Better Homes and Garden, Sunset, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, some special Martha Stewart garden issues, Oprah “Home” issues, The Guru magazine from Australia and a few “shelter” magazines with gardening sections.
All of these magazines have their own websites and some have even created apps for an “enhanced reading experience” on iPad and other digital readers.
What distinguishes Leaf magazine from these other fine publications?
Leaf magazine is laid out in magazine style so you can flip the pages virtually
Articles contain hyperlinked texts for deeper reading
Using the digital publishing platform, ISSUU, Leaf magazine will be able to integrate video
Links to advertiser sites
A unique editorial perspective from successful, talented designer/editors
It’s FREE! No cost subscription!
Apart from the digital bells and whistles, and the fact that it is free, the long-term success of Leaf magazine will rest on the EXPERIENCE that the publishers are able to give their readers.
Leaf magazine will have to “craft” a place for themselves in the design magazine niche that people want to tap into and come back to issue after issue.
An online destination that is unique, engaging, and inspiring.
The first issue of Leaf has great photography and writing but there is something that stands out even more to me.
I noticed that Leaf magazine has a strong, dedicated community of garden design pros and fans who are helping to get the word out.
I’m one of them!
Susan and Rochelle have built strong followings as individual bloggers because of their excellent online content.
They are experts in garden design and in community building.
In the online world, building a community is “gold” and is something that a big budget can’t buy.
It’s a personal connection that is earned and nurtured on a long-term basis.
I’m proud to introduce my EdenMaker friends to Leaf magazine.
Visit their website, subscribe to the magazine and enjoy the new garden design resource!
I think you may be interested in it after I tell what it's about.
I started the Garden Center TV web series three years ago and have released a few select videos to my Youtube channel of the same name.
Recently, I've developed a partner website where gardening fanatics like you and me can upload and share photos and videos of garden products and plants that we have used and recommend..or don't recommend!
Screenshot of Garden Center TV community website.
I love it when people "tell it like it is!"
Back to the Independent Garden Center Show….
The "IGC Show," (as it is referred to by people who shorten their phrases to save time), is among the top rated garden industry shows in the nation and is starting to enjoy more press coverage these days.
Once a year, local garden center owners trek to Chicago to attend this world class show to preview and purchase the latest gardening products and plants for their stores.
A tomato shaper? Yes, I found this at the IGC Show last year.
With full video crew in tow, I tape segments of some of my favorite product finds, I interview garden product creators, ( usually a gardener with a great story to tell) and I get other garden bloggers and experts involved in the show!
Have you heard of the UCAN watering can? It's beyond "normal."
Bio: Hi! My name is Shirley and I'm an "EdenMaker!" I'm a happily married mom of 4 kids and I design gardens for a living in Los Angeles.
But there's more! You may know me from my garden makeovers on television or for my many web series!
If not , start watching my shows!
http://GardenCenterTV.ning.com & http://Blip.TV/Garden-World-Report