Marinated Zucchini

Wallaces garden center - Marinated Zucchini

Perfect as a snack on their own or as a complement to grilled meats and many other meals.   INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 pound very small zucchini, trimmed and halved lengthwise Salt 3 cloves garlic, minced 6 tablespoon red wine vinegar Pepper A small handful fresh basil leaves, sliced DIRECTIONS: Working…

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Basic Crop Maintenance as Your Vegetable Plants Grow

Wallace's Garden Center-Basic Crop Maintenance as Your Vegetable Plants Grow-man picking tomatoes

Inspect your plants regularly for any signs that something is off, and stay on top of these basic care tasks to ensure their growth remains strong and steady!   Maintaining a vegetable garden isn’t very difficult once you understand the basics, and the payoff of delicious, healthy food is so worth it. As your crops…

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Bishop’s Bread

Bishop's Bread

Our old-fashioned recipe makes a simple and festive quick bread. Add in cherries, walnuts, chocolate, currants, or whatever else you fancy!   INGREDIENTS: 2 ½ c. flour ½ t. salt 1 ¼ c. packed brown sugar 1 t. cinnamon ½ c. butter 1 t. baking powder; ½ t. baking soda 1 egg ¾ c. buttermilk…

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Fill Your Yard with Breezy Ornamental Grass

Wallace's Garden Center-Growing Ornamental Grasses in Iowa Garden-fountain grass

No branches to prune, no deadheading, no need to fertilize, and very few pests and disease issues—all in all, growing ornamental grass is a walk in the park.   Garden flowers seem to get all the hype, but ornamental grass has just as much visual impact on the landscape! These tall, wispy grasses bring fabulous…

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Old Fashioned Pound Cake

Old Fashioned Pound Cake

Our easiest 6-step recipe for a treat anywhere!   INGREDIENTS: 3 cups all purpose flour  3 cups sugar  1 pound salted butter  6 large eggs  6 large yokes  1 tablespoon vanilla    DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven 350. Separate 6 egg yolks only in a bowl, then the other 6 eggs, stir till blended.  Mix butter and…

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Blossom End Rot: What it Is and How to Prevent It

Wallace's Garden Center-How to Prevent Blossom-End Rot in Iowa-blossom end rot on fruit from garden

Blossom end rot is due to insufficient calcium uptake in your plants. So, if you and I don’t get enough calcium, we’ll get weak bones, but if tomatoes don’t get enough calcium, they’ll get soggy bottoms!   Have you ever tried growing tomatoes, only to find that the fruits have developed yucky, rotten bottoms? It…

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6 Summer Picnic Ideas for Happy Snacking in the Sun

Wallace's Garden Center- Summer Picnic Ideas -picnic with family

Make your summer picnic extra inspiring with these creative recipes and activity ideas!   Is there anything more blissful than a sunny picnic in the park, listening to music, and enjoying the company of your best pals? Plus, it’s a perfect opportunity to use all the amazing edibles growing in your garden! If you want…

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