May 8 Garden Tip

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Parsley

While parsley is a wonderfully nutritious and healing food, it is often under-appreciated. Most people do not realize that this vegetable has more uses than just being a decorative garnish that accompanies restaurant meals. They do not know that parsley has a ton of nutrients (rich source of anti-oxidants, helps for a healthy heart, and protects against rheumatoid arthritis) and that it features a delicious green and vibrant taste.

The two most popular types of parsley are curly parsley and Italian flat leaf parsley. The Italian variety has a more fragrant and less bitter taste than the curly variety.

You can save a lot of money by growing your own herbs! Definitely swing by to pick up your parsley plants!

Planting Tips:

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  • Fresh parsley grows really well in both indoors and out. You can certainly choose to plant them directly in the ground or you can opt to use large containers to control the growth.
  • Planting parsley in areas with full sun to partial shade is recommended.
  • This easy-care herb requires little maintenance, other than occasional watering or weeding, once established. These tasks, however, can be reduced by applying mulch around the plants.
  • For optimal flavor, pick parsley early in the day (morning hours) when the plant’s oil is strongest.
  • You can also plant parsley in a container! Thinking about starting a container garden this spring? Our vegetable container class is Sunday 5/27 from 9:30-10:30am. Stop by the nursery or call 732.530.3838 to sign-up! The class is $10 and you will leave with your own lettuce bowl containing 4 vegetable or herb plants.

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Don’t hesitate to contact us at the nursery if you have further questions. We are here to help you!

Sue’s Lemon Chicken

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  • 8 thin-sliced chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lb.)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 4 tb. butter, divided
  • 2 tb. olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 c. chicken broth
  • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 8 lemon slices
  • 1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped

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Directions

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  • Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper and dredge in flour.
  • Melt 1 tb. oil in skillet over medium heat and cook breasts until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer chicken to serving platter and keep warm. Cook the remainder of chicken with the remaining olive oil and butter. Transfer to platter
  • Add broth and lemon juice to skillet and cook 1-2 minutes until thicker, stirring to loosen particles from the bottom of the skillet. Add lemon slices.
  • Remove skillet from heat, add remaining 2 tb. butter and stir until melted.
  • Pour sauce, including lemon slices, over chicken and top with parsley. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Holland Grill Demo this Saturday!

From 9:00am-2:00pm, we will have a representative from Holland Grills. Stop by to learn more about these grills as well as sample the wide-selection of food they will be grilling throughout the day!

Not sure what to do for a Mother’s Day gift? We have plenty of options for you on Saturday!

10:00am-11:00am (ages 6-8) Paint a Pot Class

11:00am-12:00pm (ages 9-12)
Paint a Pot Class

1:00pm-2:00pm (ages 10-17)
Make your own stepping stone

2:00pm-3:00pm (under 10)
Make your own stepping stone

9:00am-2:00pm
Holland Grill Demonstration

3:00-6:00pm
Tomato Fest!