Of Gardeners' Interest

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 3:14 p.m.

New farmers market: The Bradford Farmers Market is opening Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Bradford Health Department on U.S. 301 in Starke, next to Bill Adams Chevrolet.

Certified organic, locally-grown and hydroponically grown produce will be offered, as well as herbs, honey and locally-baked bread. Steel Country will provide free musical entertainment.

Visit www.BradfordFarmersMarket.com for more information.

The market will continue 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday until June and will reopen in October.

Recycle Christmas trees safely to protect pets and wildlife: When the holiday season comes to a close and decorations are packed away, Christmas trees must be disposed of properly. The City of Gainesville Public Works Department offers the following tips for recycling your tree:

Residents with curbside waste pickup may place their trees out with the other yard waste on the normally scheduled pickup day. The trees need to be stripped of all decorations, including ornaments, bows, tinsel and lights so that they are ready to be converted into mulch.

"Tinsel can be dangerous to birds and other wildlife," said Gina Hawkins, City of Gainesville Public Works Department spokesperson. "With 93 percent of consumers recycling trees through community programs, it is especially important to remove decorations before the trees are kicked to the curb and mulched. Animals may choke on wayward ornaments, especially icicles."

Residents in apartment complexes may take their Christmas trees to Wood Resource Recovery at no charge to be recycled. More information on this can be found by calling 378-9133, or by visiting the Web site at www.woodresource recovery.com/.

Trees can also be taken to Alachua County Rural Collection Centers on regular operating days. Please call before dropping off any trees at these centers. For locations and hours, call 338-3233.

Recipes from seed: Do you love gardening and cooking? Successwithseed.org is offering $25 Park Seed gift certificates to the gardeners/chefs who submit the best recipes showcasing their horticultural handiwork.

The contest is open to anyone who enjoys cooking and has a tasty recipe incorporating at least one edible item that can be grown using products from Park Seed Company (www.ParkSeed.com). One $25 Park Seed gift certificate will be awarded in each of the following categories: appetizer, main course, side dish and dessert.

To submit your entries, visit Successwithseed.org and click on the "Submit Recipes Here" button. The contest runs from Jan. 7 to Feb. 15.

Complete rules are posted on the Successwithseed.org site, which is sponsored by Park Seed Company, Wayside Gardens and Jackson & Perkins.

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