Easy Vegetables & Herbs That You Should be Planting

Easy Vegetables and Herbs That You Should Be Planting

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So, you want to plant a vegetable garden but you’re not sure what grows best in the climate you live in. After doing some research you find that some vegetables and herbs require different growing conditions than your geographic location permits. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find varieties that grow quickly in a vegetable garden where you live.

Here are some vegetables & herbs that are easy to grow in your garden:

•Green Beans – Full of Vitamin A, C, and K as well as manganese, potassium, iron, folate, and fiber, this vegetable is among the more complex that are easy to grow.
• Beets – Vibrant in color and delicious cooked and served raw, beets are low calorie and full of folate.
•Carrots – Crunchy and satisfying when eaten raw or cooked, carrots support healthy vision, skin, and immune systems.
•Cucumbers – Made of predominantly water, cucumbers add crunch to salads and help hydrate the body.
•Mint – A great flavor enhancer, mint soothes an upset stomach and takes the pain out of headaches.
•Parsley – In addition to making dishes look healthy and attractive, parsley also freshens your breath.
•Cilantro – Oily yet extremely flavorful, cilantro elevates the flavor profile of many foods and is very easy to grow in your vegetable garden.

Growing your own vegetables and herbs in a vegetable garden is a very satisfying task. If you haven’t developed a green thumb, now is the time to do so. Not only will you benefit from having fresh food on hand whenever you need it, you’ll also see a significant difference in the amount of money you spend on produce going forward. That, and you’ll have the distinct honor of knowing where your food came from and how it was grown, in your very own vegetable garden.

Olympic Lawn & Landscape is your local source for plant care tips. For more information, call (816) 875-9645 in the Lee’s Summit and Kansas City area.

Your Spring Garden Checklist

Your Spring Garden Checklist

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The weather warms and green things begin to poke above the soil. Spring has come, and you need a step-by-step garden checklist so you can tackle all important jobs required to prepare your beds for flowers all year long. Not only will these jobs on the garden checklist make your garden look better after a long winter’s rest, they will also help your plants grow healthy and strong.

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Spring Flowers for Your Garden

Spring Flowers for Your Garden

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Spring is almost here, and that means that we’ll get to finally see some color in our landscapes and gardens with the additions of our favorite annuals and perennials. We love the spring at Olympic Lawn and Landscape and thought it would be fun and informative to put together a list of spring flowers for our readers to plan and enjoy. Here it is:

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Preparing Your Yard for Spring

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It’s almost that time of year!  That time when the landscape of brown, dead grass and barren tree limbs transforms into a beautiful display of fresh budding leaves, pink and white flowers and healthy, renewed green grass. Spring is almost here! While we know spring won’t “officially” be here until March, it’s never too early to get your spring landscaping in place! By taking a few steps early in the season, you can help create a beautiful, healthy yard for the upcoming season.

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Lawn Services Chemical Applications

Feeding Your Lawn the Proper Fuel: How to Keep It Green

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Too many homeowners experience lawn envy when they look at their neighbors’ yards. The reality is that anyone can achieve a lush, green yard without spending a lot of time. The secret is to focus your lawn’s needs.picnic basket on green lawn

Test the Soil

Even yards located in the same neighborhood can have very different soil. Accordingly, the lawn food your neighbor uses may not be right for yours. With a soil test kit, which you can find at any garden center, you can quickly and affordably discover which nutrients your lawn needs and which ones you should hold back on. Perhaps the most important component of these soil pH test kits is that they tell you how much nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is currently in your lawn. These are the main nutrients in fertilizers, and getting the right balance is important.

Find a Good Fertilizer

When you choose a fertilizer for your lawn, you’ll need to look at the amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in each formulation. These are listed as three numbers, such as 20-10-10 or 20-5-10. Each of these numbers represents the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in the fertilizer, and the ingredients are always listed in the same order. If your soil pH test kit showed that your lawn was particularly low on phosphorus, then you’d definitely want the 20-10-10 fertilizer.

How Often to Fertilize

Many fertilizers come in granule form and feature slow release technology, which means that it’s not necessary to fertilize as often. Lawn fertilizer is also available in liquid form. These can be effective, though it can be tricky to achieve an even application.

Let the Professionals Handle the Work

While it’s true that any lawn has the potential to be lush and green, sometimes it’s just not a task that homeowners want to take on. Fortunately, a professional lawn care company has all the tools, technology and know-how to make any yard look worthy of an award.

Ready to learn about our lawn care services? Call (816) 875-9296 or contact an Expert.

Outdoor Patio Parties: Recipes

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Last week we talked about the steps to take when planning your perfect outdoor patio party. Today we’ll cover some fun recipes as you’re planning your menu!

Recipes for your Outdoor Patio Party

It’s always fun to try a new recipe when you’re hosting a fun party. Especially in spring, when you can introduce colorful drinks and fun appetizers. Below are a few favorite recipes from readers at They’ve given these recipes rave reviews, and they just might be a perfect fit for your outdoor patio party!

Appetizer Recipes for your Outdoor Party

Appetizers are a great way to kick off your outdoor party. Set up your pub tables, and let guests enjoy these yummy treats as the party gets going.

Annie’s Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

This recipe is super simple and full of tons of fresh fruit! It uses kiwis, apples, raspberries and strawberries mixed with a bit of sugar and fruit preserves. Bake tortilla chips for a great dipper! It serves 10, and is a great party starter. Download the Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips recipe!

Homemade Guacamole

The benefits of avocados go on and on, and making a tasty guacamole dip is one of the many! Try this homemade guacamole recipe to impress your guests (and save money on the pre-made stuff at the store! Download the Guacamole Recipe!

Recipes for your Outdoor Grill

The smell of meat and veggies cooking on an outdoor grill makes any mouth water. Try these new ideas for your next barbeque!

Grilled Salmon

Try this unique option when grilling outdoors. This recipe uses a simple marinade and hints of lemon and garlic to give you a perfect salty-sweet combination. Download the grilled salmon recipe!

Grilled Baby Back Ribs

These pork ribs do not only taste great, but they are a great way to impress your guests! Create your own marinade, and take pride in creating a delicious, fall-off-the-bone set of ribs. Download the baby back ribs recipe!

Drinks and Dessert Recipes for your Outdoor Patio Party

No outdoor party is complete without a fun drink and dessert! Try some of these great spring selections as the fruit comes in season and the weather heats up!

Champagne Punch

For a fun occasion, try this yummy punch. Mix cranberry juice, lemonade and limeade with your favorite white wine and champagne and garnish with yummy fresh fruit! Download the Champagne Punch Recipe!

Fruit Punch

For a non-alcoholic option, try this homemade fruit punch! Download the fruit punch recipe.

Homemade Chocolate Cake

Few things in life are better than a homemade chocolate cake. Enjoy this easy, yet delicious, recipe that uses a devil’s food cake mix, pudding and sour cream. Download the chocolate cake recipe!

Let us know if you try any of these new recipes and what you think!

Have any other great outdoor party recipes? Let us know!

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