5/29/11

Aphids on Hibiscus

How to kill aphids on hibiscus...

This is a pretty bad infestation so I am going to use a systemic. I like Bayer Advanced (they don't pay me for this). In general I stay away from systemics though. I really only use it for hibiscus and roses. The difference between a systemic and any other treatment is that a systemic gets poured onto the plant base so it can soak into the roots. The treatment travels up through the plant's system and anything that bites into the plant dies. Other treatments are topical and need multiple applications. Given how sensitive hibiscus are, I am choosing not to use a topical treatment because my hibiscus always seem to burn and drop all leaves and flowers. The problem with systemics in my opinion is that poinsons linger for way too long, plus any extra seeps into the ground. Also, I need to make sure that no one ever uses it accidentally for an edible plant. I guess a third option would be to spray all the aphids off with a blast of water. These hibiscus are huge and I just don't have the time to do this. Plus, they are all brown and hard so they might not come off. So, for all these reasons, I decided to just use the systemic.
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5/15/11

Recipe from the Garden

Stuffed Mushroom Recipe. Although I can't grow mushrooms in Florida, I can grow tons of fresh herbs all summer long.

Last month, I used thyme, green onion, basil, and  oregano to make stuffed mushroom caps. I really enjoyed the salty, cheesy, garlicy filling because the mushrooms were so mild.



Danielle's Stuffed Mushrooms

2 packs mushroom
.5 cup panko
.5 cup shredded cheddar
.25 cup grated pecorino cheese
.25 oz grated parm cheese
4 cloves garlic
butter
fresh basil, oregano, thyme, green onion
salt/pepper
olive oil

Directions: preheat oven to 350. Clean mushrooms and take off stems. Place mushrooms on foil lined baking sheet. Chop half of the mushroom stemps and add to bowl along with cheeses, breadcrumbs, herbs, S/P. Saute minced garlic, 1 tbs butter, and a few herbs for a few minutes, then add to the other ingredients with a little drizzle of evoo. Using spoon, stuff into mushrooms and top with a small dab of butter. Bake 20-25 mins.





Now, a neighbor made stuffed mushrooms at a recent HOA meeting which were DELICIOUS! Hers were just like mine except the stuffing was a small flattened ball of jimmy dean sausage. She layered a mushroom with sausage then cheddar and baked them at 350 for 20-25 mins. They are very low carb...which is something that' important to me these days. My version above has a bunch of carbs from the panko breadcrumbs.
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