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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #29 -- April is National Garden Month
April 27, 2006

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Kindy's Musings....

This excerpt is taken from the April 2006 Kids Garden celebrate National Garden Month sponsored by the National Gardening Association.

You can cultivate ownership in your kids for their own garden this season --

When children feel ownership in a garden project they are willing to dedicate time and invest resources in its growth.

Cultivating your children is as much a requirement as building the soil.

It’s about more than just coordinating the garden -- your children have to feel that they themselves somehow grow in the garden. This may take the form of being attracted and attached in some way to the physical space, the plants they help install, the seeds that they plant and the time they get to spend in the garden with you the parent.

If you live in the New York City area, try to attend the NYC GROWS Garden Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2006 hosted by the NYC Parks & Recreation and the National Gardening Association (NGA) will co-present the NYC GROWS Garden Festival in Union Square Park on Saturday, April 29. This daylong public celebration of gardening is the highlight event of NYC GROWS and NGA's National Garden Month 2006.

Try the easy recipe below:


Carrot and Red Cabbage Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes

Yield: Approximately 4 servings

A Kid Pleasing Recipe:

The colors of this salad give it eye appeal, and kids like that familiar raisin sweetness.

Roast a head of garlic by wrapping it in aluminum foil and baking it at 400 degrees F until soft about 45 minutes.

In a salad bowl, combine 4 cups grated fresh carrots with 4 cups grated red cabbage. Add ½ cup raisins and ½ cup toasted pine nuts.

To make the dressing, whisk together ¼ cup red wine vinegar and ½ cup extra virgin olive oil.

Cut the top off the roasted garlic head with scissors and squeeze out the soft garlic paste into the oil and vinegar.

Season with 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard and salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Pour over the carrot and cabbage salad, mix thoroughly, and chill until ready to serve.

Source: From the Cook’s Garden by Ellen Ecker Ogden


Don't let a lack of garden space keep you from growing and enjoying fresh veggies! With this plan, you can start harvesting fresh, flavorful, nutritious salad ingredients in about a month.


1. Two planters at least 8 inches deep (such as window boxes), with drainage holes Seeds: radishes, mesclun mix, baby carrots, beets (shredded raw beet is a tasty and colorful salad topping)

2. Soilless potting mix enriched with compost

3. Fertilizer


Moisten your potting mix. If you wish to use a slow-release fertilizer, add it as recommended by the product label. Fill window boxes, and firm soil gently in place.

Following the directions on the seed packets, sow seeds of radishes and greens in one box, beets and carrots in the other. Radishes are ready to harvest about 28 days after germination; baby greens (lettuce, spinach, mesclun), in 30 days; beets, in 55 days; baby carrots, in 70 days.

Water gently so that you don't wash seeds out of the soil. Keep soil evenly moist, and watch for seeds to germinate. Seedlings will come up thickly; thin them the first time to stand 1 inch apart. You can either pluck them out individually or use scissors to snip seedlings at the soil surface.

(Eat the thinnings of greens and beet tops - your first unofficial harvest!) Thin the carrots and beets again when they've doubled in size; ultimately they should stand 2 to 3 inches apart.

Fertilize every two weeks, unless you used a slow-release fertilizer at planting time. Use a water-soluble formula, such as fish emulsion.

Sow some more. As your harvest of greens and radishes makes room in that container, prepare to grow another round. Work an inch of compost into the empty spots and sow more seed.

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Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Kindy --Your Family Dietitian

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