Monday, March 29, 2010

Sarritor(R) Biological Lawn Weed Killer Now Available for Home Use

Sarritor(R) Biological Lawn Weed Killer - the first biological, 100% natural (non-chemical), selective lawn weed killer to control dandelions, clover and plantain in turf without harming the lawn is NOW available at leading garden centres and retail stores for home owner application. Sarritor is compliant with all municipal by-laws & is also compliant with the Ontario Pesticide Law.

How does it work? The active ingredient of Sarritor is a naturally occurring fungus. The fungus is coated on a dry granular carrier that can be applied directly on a broadleaf weed. The fungus is activated by moisture and works best when temperature is between 18 and 24 degrees C. It grows naturally in the week and absorbs the plant issues until the weed is completely gone. Once the weed is gone, the fungus dies and no residuals are left.

Now there is an environmentally safe alternative to selective chemical herbicides that have been banned. Sarritor is a natural & organic product based on the Sclerotinia Minor technology that was developed by Dr. Alan Watson of McGill University. Sarritor can control dandelions and other broad leaf weeds in turf without harming surrounding grass by using a fungus that is a natural enemy of weeds. The 100% natural & organic product is non-toxic, does not produce spores, is neutral in the environment and is indigenous to Canada. One applied, the product kills the weed and disappears.

Sarritor comes in a handy shaker dispenser bottle. The bottle is designed to dispense the correct dose with each application. One dose per dandelion is all it takes! The bottle contains enough Sarritor to treat 750 dandelions.
  • Apply in the spring or fall when daytime highs are less than 24 degrees C.
  • Needs rain or irrigation within 12 hours of application to activate.
Use within 1 week of purchase. Refrigeration not required.

Sarritor is available at Home Depot

Friday, March 26, 2010

Cooking With Arvinda's

While at the Niagara College 41st Annual "In Your Backyard" Open House, I visited the other vendors in the Marketplace. I always have to visit my favourite vendor Arvinda's. We have loved Arvinda's since I found them about 2 years ago at the 'In Your Backyard' Open House.

The year we found them, we sampled the 'Chai Tea' & the 'Carrot & Red Lentil Soup (Dal)'. Both were excellent, prompting me to buy the spices so that I could make them at home. They had recipe postcards so at least I knew what I was doing!!

Onto the next year, Arvinda's was back again. I had to replenish the Chai Masala & the Madras Masala. Next we tried the Tandoori Chicken. I took the recipe postcard & purchased the Tandoori Masala. When trying a new recipe I go strictly by the recipe, after that it is fair game. We absolutely loved the Tandoori Chicken but it turned out to be a tad hot for our liking. What I have done since when cooking the Tandoori Chicken is to double the amount of yogurt or halve the Tandoori Masala. It has come out perfect every time!

This year I decided to be a bit more adventurous, I purchased Arvinda's new cookbook 'Arvinda's Healthy Gourmet Indian Cooking' I also have all the spice blends, cooking masalas & cooking ingredients so there is no excuse to not use this cookbook. I love this cookbook, it is so easy now I have all the spice blends, masalas & cooking ingredients. I really like easy especially when it comes to a different type of cooking. I have not done much Indian Cooking as I am not one to buy a gazillion spices I may not use again. This is perfect as they are all mixed and ready to go - my kind of cooking!!

The girls decided since we had all the spice blends, masalas & cooking ingredients we needed to crack the book open & make something. I decided on a dessert "Chai Vanilla Yogurt with Seasonal Fruit & Walnuts" (pg 51). We had the Chai Vanilla Yogurt with strawberries & blackberries. Didn't have any walnuts but that didn't matter. It was to die for!! Wow!! This is going to be a summer staple especially with all the local fresh fruit.

Decisions were made & I have been commissioned to make something from 'Arvinda's Healthy Gourmet Indian Cooking' cookbook every week. Our life is extremely busy so we decided on Monday nights as this is the night we are mostly home - Bruce has to be home for his soap opera '24'. I hate to eat & run. I want to enjoy Indian cooking!! The girls are already eyeing some of the recipes they want to try.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

41st Annual Niagara College 'In Your Backyard' Open House

We were at the 41st Annual Niagara College 'In Your Backyard' Open House the weekend of March 20-21. It was an absolute HUGE success. Listeners now know Bruce is on 105.1 The River!! We also had a great time. We were in the Plant A Row booth in the Marketplace that was situated in the cafeteria.

There were many vendors including Discovery Toys, St. Catharines Green Committee, Deb's Designs, Trails End, Ontario Horticultural Association, Pelham Horticultural Society, St. Catharines Horticultural Society, Niagara Falls Horticultural Society, Lincoln Garden Club & Horticultural Society, Grimsby Horticultural Society, Welland Horticultural Society, Bonsai Society, The Pampered Chef, Smart Gardening, Eli's Body Care, The Natural Way Plant Products, Handcrafted Woodturnings, Utopia Woodturning, Mary Kay, Jelly Boys, to name a few as well as my absolute favourite Arvindas.

The Niagara College Culinary Institute was open as well & the students made bread. Absolutely delicious - Sourdough, Multigrain & Vienna. We definitely took a few home with us.

The Horticultural students had their displays along the walkway heading towards the Culinary Institute. It is always interesting to see their displays & what the subject is.

Looking forward to the 42nd Annual Niagara College 'In Your Backyard' Open House in 2011.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Weather in the Niagara Region

With the high temperatures we have been experiencing in the last 2 weeks, many deciduous plants have buds that are swelling or opening. This means you have to check each plant in your garden before using dormant spray. eg. currants, lilacs, hydrangeas

There is also a chance for frost damage if there is a cold snap. Rain is a good thing!