Have you looked at your rhubarb lately? Mine is growing like crazy this year.  I just found a recipe for Rhubarb Chutney. It can be used as a topping for meats or even an ice cream.

                   4 cups diced rhubarb

                   2 cups brown sugar

                   1 cup cider vinegar or dry red wine

                   1 cup raisins

                   1 T ginger

                   ½ t black pepper

                   ¼ t cloves

                   ¼ t cinnamon

                   May add 2 T chopped chili pepper (jalapeno)

You may add garlic and green onions if wanted.

Boil and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring often until thickened. It can be stored in the refrigerator for months. If you have extra rhubarb, be sure to share it with neighbors, friends, family or co-workers. Rhubarb can be harvested until the end of June and as a reminder, don’t eat the leaves.

Don’t forget to sow some milkweed seed for the monarchs! Wagners has free packets of milkweed seed for you. The monarch population has dropped by 90% and it is time for gardeners to act.

I recently noticed a new idea for garden edging. Turn beer or wine bottles (empty of course) upside down along the garden edge with just two inches of the bottle showing above the earth line. Place them close together to form a neat edge. It’s sure to be a conversation starter with your neighbors.

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