Upper South

May, 2012
Regional Report

Web Finds

Landscape for Life
How each one of us individually carries out the process called gardening cumulatively affects our own health as well as that of our planet. If you would like to learn more about how to garden sustainably, no matter on how large or small of a scale, www.landscapeforlife.org will help you. The website is divided into categories of plants, water, materials, and soil. Gardeners can see a comparison of a conventional landscape to a sustainable landscape and read tips about ways to make a garden more sustainable. The website also includes teaching resources. Landscape for Life is jointly sponsored by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas in Austin and the U. S. Botanic Garden and is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, the nation%%%s first rating system for sustainable landscapes.

Clever Gardening Technique

Avoid Bitter Eggplant
When eggplants are good, they are very good, with a rich, creamy flesh, whether showcased in ratatouille, baba ganoush, or your favorite eggplant recipe. But, sometimes the taste can be bitter. To choose the best-tasting eggplants, test for ripeness by gently pressing the skin with the pad of your thumb. If it springs back, the eggplant is ripe. If an indentation remains, the eggplant will most likely be bitter. Another way to determine flavor is to check out the blossom end, which looks somewhat like a dimple. Eggplants with a oval, rather an round, dimple tend to have fewer seeds, which contribute to bitterness. If you have an overripe eggplant or one with an oval dimple, the bitterness can be lessened by sprinkling salt over sliced or diced eggplant pieces, waiting a half hour, then rinsing before proceeding with your recipe.

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