Archive | May 2018

Recipe of the Week: Roasted Okra and Tomatoes

Solve the okra slime problem by roasting! The final product takes on the crisp texture of potato chips. A perfect summer snack! Change up the spices substituting the Indian Garam Masala blend with garlic powder or chili powder.

Roasted Okra and Tomatoes Recipe using AAS Winners

(Photo courtesy of Jonathan Bardzik)

Servings 6 servings


  • 1/2 lb. okra pods harvest at 2-4″ long
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.

  2. Slice okra pods in half lengthwise. Toss with 2 tbs olive oil and 1 tbs Garam Masala. Season with salt and pepper and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place in oven.

  3. Toss tomatoes with remaining 2 tbs olive oil and 1 tbs Garam Masala. Season with Salt and pepper.

  4. When okra has roasted for 5 minutes, scatter tomatoes on sheet pan and cook for 7-10 minutes longer until Okra is crisp. Enjoy!

Grow a Theme Garden This Year & 7 Ways to Combat Disease in Your Garden This Year!

Reposted with permission of the National Garden Bureau:


With busy schedules and jam-packed gardens, plants have to do double duty if they’re going to fit into modern lives. We aren’t just growing a vegetable or flower garden anymore. Now gardens have multiple purposes like supporting pollinators, engaging children in the garden, providing the supplies to create your own beauty products, or decorating your plate with edible flowers and ornamental vegetables.

So why not create a themed garden with plants that do serve that dual purpose?

Therapeutic Garden Grant Applications are now available! Plus show your team spirit with flowers!

Create a Garden Color Combination to Show Your Support!

  • Do you have a high school or college graduation party coming soon?
  • Is your baseball team starting out the year with a great record and you want to show your support?
  • Or are you an all-around passionate fan who wants to show your team’s colors in the garden?

If you are any of the above, a combination garden container is a perfect way to show your support for your favorite team or institution.