May Cocktails, Liming Lawns and Gorgeous Salads

In this episode Ellen and C.L. toast the month of May with spring cocktails, explain how to figure what amount of mulch you need, and talk about creating beautiful salads that are foraged or farmed. Plus we end with Pete’s question about liming lawns.

:35 What’s For Dinner? A toast to May! Spring cocktails.
4:48 Did You Know? How to calculate how much mulch or loam you need.
9:48 Eat/Drink/Grow: Gorgeous salads, gardened or foraged.
17:11 Love Letters and Questions:   Pete asks about liming lawns. Does he need to do it?

Formula for calculating cubic feet of mulch or soil: L (in inches) x W(in inches) x D (in inches) ÷ 1728 = cubic feet

Here is the garlic mustard infused martini from Ellen.

Rhubarb cocktail.  Make a rhubarb syrup by putting chopped stems in a pan with equal part of water and a half part of agave syrup. So two cups rhubarb, two cups water and one cup agave syrup. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Strain solids out and put in a jar.

  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Thin slices of fresh Rhubarb for garnish
  • 2 ounces ice cold gin or vodka
  • 2 ounces Elderberry liquor
  • 2 ounces rhubarb syrup 

Mix lime, spirits, Elderberry liquor and rhubarb syrup in a shaker with ice. Strain into the glass of your choice and garnish with a thin piece of rhubarb, or three thin pieces on a toothpick along with a viola flower.

Here is a salad that was served from C.L.’s garden. Along with the lettuce there are viola flowers and tulip and dandelion petals. 

Ellen’s beautiful salad was created from foraged ingredients. Fantastic, flavorful and free!

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