It’s hot outside. Gardeners can escape summer’s heat by retreating to the air-conditioning or a shady porch, but garden plants... Read more »
August in the garden can be challenging for both gardeners and plants. Read more »
Extreme heat merits triage treatments Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Pruner, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear technology m... Read more »
Specifically designed to reduce the effort required to cut tough tree and shrub branches, this durable pruner includes an easy-... Read more »
This pro-style pruner features adjustable blade tension to fit your hand strength and the toughness of the material you’re cutt... Read more »
Reusable snack packs are an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic baggies, and not only are they much cuter, they’ll... Read more »
Using Duck Tape® to cover a simple notebook can take your journals from mediocre to marvelous in no time! Read more »
These sturdy little Duck Tape® magnetic pockets are easy to make and will help keep a locker organized and small school suppli... Read more »
As the parent of a picky eater, my morning routine before school always entails packing a lunch. Read more »
With a new school year on the horizon, it is time to refocus on our fall wardrobe. Read more »
This simple school skirt is very easy to make and beginner seamstresses will enjoy making more than one! Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Serrated Fabric Shears sense blade separation an... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Taking a photo of your children on their first day back at school after a long summer is a tradition in many families. Read more »
It's time to get into back-to-school mode! That means it's time to begin browsing the store shelves for the necessities to hel... Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
A new school year calls for a new set of accessories. Read more »
There is something fun and freeing about creating mixed media art, especially when you only need a few tools and a little time... Read more »
With school coming up, it is time to start planning and organizing. Read more »
Infused with avant-garde Scandinavian style, our Quantum™ Pruner integrates only the highest-grade materials with Scandinavian... Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Use our AdvantEdge™ Punch System with any Fiskars border punch cartridge (sold separately) to add perfectly aligned decorative... Read more »
This year is no exception. In spite of the most careful attention I've ever given to consistent watering and keeping mulch beneath them, my plants are getting downright ugly. The leaves along the bottom of the plants have died back and are a crispy and brown. The tops of the plants have grown so much taller than the cattle panels we use to support them that I had nothing left to tie them to. As a result, the tops of several of my plants have fallen over.
Yet they still produce! On top of what we've eaten daily since mid-July, I've stashed away 50 quart jars of tomatoes in my pantry.
I'm not finished yet.
And neither are my plants.
If you research how to grow tomatoes, you may read they won't produce flowers when temperatures reach over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. With the exception of a day here and there, the temperature where I live has been consistently over 90 degrees for the last 6 weeks, many of those days in excess of 100 degrees. My tomato plants are still blooming.
So don't give up on those plants just because they're not picture perfect. Keep on watering and weeding and you can have tomatoes into the fall months. And if you do, you'll have enough to make one of my favorite side dishes!
Corn and Black Bean Salsa
2 cups of whole kernel corn
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 large green or orange bell pepper chopped
1 cup diced tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup diced onion
3/4 cup Italian Salad Dressing*
1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1-2 tablespoons lime juice
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon hot sauce
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the corn and jalapeno, cooking and stirring frequently until the corn begins to brown on the edges. Transfer to a large bowl to cool.
While the corn is cooling, prepare the dressing by combining the Italian dressing, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, cumin, and hot sauce.
When the corn is cooled, add the black beans, bell pepper, tomatoes, and onion. Pour the dressing over the corn mixture. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving.
*I like Ken's Steak House Lite Northern Italian with Basil & Romano dressing.