National Gardening Day

It’s that time of the season again, when you start to visualize the beauty of nature. Spring has an amazing way of inspiring all of us to get out there and create wonderful vegetable, herb, and fruit gardens. Think of the bounty to come you can share with friends and family!

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National Gardening Day on April 14 is an amazing time all over the work, and a wonderful time gardeners and would-be gardeners to pick up a shovel and some seeds and kick-off a beautiful year of homegrown bounty.
Whether you want to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers, houseplants, or anything in between, National Gardening Day celebrates a satisfying pastime that you will enjoy for decades. Growing your own food also lets you provide fresh and natural nourishment for your family for a fraction of grocery store prices.
National Gardening Day is a call to action to get out and grow flower or vegetable gardens regardless of whether you plant in the ground, in containers, in straw bales or a square foot gardening box.
HOW TO OBSERVE

Sign up for a gardening course in your area, or find a Square Foot Gardening course with a Square Foot Gardening Certified Instructor.
Look for a community garden in your area.
Organize a seed and perennial plant swap with neighbors and friends.
Join a garden club. There isn’t one near? Start one!
Visit your local nursery or garden center—you will be amazed and excited by all the beautiful options. #Armstrongnursery.com  #bountifulbeauty #amritasgarden

 

 

 

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Amrita’s Roasted Beer Can Chicken

beer-chicken-spices-pic-2beer-chicken-holder-pic-1beer-chicken-before-the-chicken-goes-into-oven-pic-4Ingredients:

  1. 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup minced garlic. I use Goya brand in the jar.
  3. 2 tablespoons of Cavender Green seasoning
  4. 2 tablespoons of chicken rub, I use szegeo
  5. 1 tablespoon of dried oregano, parsley flakes
  6. 2 tablespoons each of Hungarian paprika, ground cumin, cayenne pepper and black pepper
  7. 1 tablespoon of fine kosher salt or Himalayan salt
  8. 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary finely chopped
  9. 2 ( 12 oz.) cans of any light beer
  10. 1 3 1/2 -5 lb. of whole chicken
  11. 6 green onions chopped
  12. 5 green onions green parts removed

Directions to prepare the chicken:

Super simple and quick!

  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees.
  2. To create the rub, combine all the ingredients from 2-7 into a small mixing bowl stir well and set aside.
  3. Take on can of the beer and pour beer into the circular cavity of the ceramic holder, make sure to pour slowly and get it filled.  Pour the remaining beer into the holder.
  4. Rinse the chicken in cold water, get rid of the giblets and all those interesting loose parts in the cavity of the chicken.  Pat dry completely and then rub the chicken with the olive oil.
  5. Place the chicken over the circular cavity with the breast of the chicken facing you.  Using a sharp knife, gently cut slits just on each side of the chicken and tuck the tip of the wings under the slits.
  6. Take the rub, and spread all over the chicken. Take the chopped onions and gently pat them onto the seasoned chicken.
  7. Insert the 5 green onions into the top cavity of the chicken.
  8. Allow the chicken to cook for about 45 minutes, and then add 1/2 of the next can of beer over the chicken and in the ceramic bowl.  I prefer to pull the ceramic bowl out of the oven and do this. Continue to cook for another half and hour.  Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  9. Pour remaining beer into the ceramic bowl and over chicken, continue to cook for approximately half an hour ( cooking time will depend on your oven).  At this point I prefer to cover with foil, to keep moisture in.
  10. Remove chicken from oven, keeping it in the ceramic bowl  and allow to come to a rest for about 10-15 minutes before removing to carve.

Serve with roasted vegetables such as potatoes, onions, peppers, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes.