Category: gardening

Then the garden exploded

We’ve been drenched with rain for a solid week, or so it felt, during which I ignored the garden. Last I saw the little baby plants were sprouting mightily and gaining some height. Then yesterday, on the first solidly dry day, I went outside to inspect the garden and found that it had doubled in size. Remind me next year not… Read more →

Oh how my garden grows

The weeds are bad, but everything is growing beautifully. Having never grown potatoes before, I didn’t know what to expect. So far, so good! The Japanese eggplant doesn’t seem to be as strong this year, so I might need to give it a little boost. Sweet onions: Gorgeous romaine lettuce: Sweet peas: Cucumber: My gardening companion: Read more →

The 2015 Garden

In the ground this season we have basil, sweet peas, yellow onions, russet and fingerling potatoes, red peppers, cucumbers, and Japanese eggplant. There’s also romaine lettuce, which is an experiment. Everything will be delicious, but I’m really looking forward to the Japanese eggplant. Roasted and seasoned, they are amazing. Last summer I ate them almost daily, which is why I got… Read more →

Easy Walnut Pesto

Much happiness here ♥ A few weeks ago I learned that I’ve been pruning basil the wrong way, and now that I’ve been more diligent about picking off the correct leaves, my basil plant is flourishing! So much pesto! Easy Walnut Pesto 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves (approximately) 1/3 cup walnuts 1 large garlic clove (or 2 small ones) sprinkle of coarse… Read more →

Easy Homemade Salsa

If you’re growing your own tomatoes or have access to buy some really great ones, you can make your own salsa all summer long. Start with about 20 ripe medium tomatoes and two clean Ball jars. Boil the tomatoes for 3-5 minutes to loosen the skins. Let them cool at least ten minutes after boiling so you can handle them properly.… Read more →

Mid-Summer Garden Update

This has been another season of trial and error for me as I attempted to grow strawberries, lettuce, and eggplant. The strawberries were a total fail since I planted them too close together and the birds got to enjoy the fruit long before we did. Instead of fussing over it, I yanked them out and planted zucchini. The eggplant, on the other… Read more →

Our garden grows

The garden has exploded, which feels my heart with pride and joy. I made a huge mistake by planting the strawberries too close together, so I’ll be snipping the vines as we go along in the season. Live and learn. They are pretty little things, though. We’re also having success with the buttercrunch lettuce. Gorgeous and great for wraps! The sweet onions and… Read more →

Salsa, baby!

With a healthy yield of ripe tomatoes, the only thing a girl can do is make a ton of salsa. SO GOOD. I have one more batch of salsa to make before I pull up all the plants (which are all dying a slow death) and prepare the beds for a fall garden. To date, this has been the most… Read more →

Basil Cashew Pesto

It was time to prune the basil, so it was time to make pesto. Thank you, Tupelo Honey Cafe, for an excellent recipe. I couldn’t wait for pasta. The pesto was lovingly spread on a salami and smoked provolone sandwich. Someone needs to share this joy with me because no one else in the house will eat pesto. So who’s coming… Read more →

Pickle Perfection

It was so simple! With three fat cucumbers from my garden, dill pickling spices, vinegar, and water, we have the most delicious, fresh, crispy dill pickles in our refrigerator. I canned them on Tuesday and Jeremy did a taste test this morning. His eyes got big as he said, “They’re SO GOOD! You should sell them at the Farmer’s Market!”… Read more →

Garden goes boom!

I love that gardening can be gratifying so quickly. It may feel like the seedlings take forever to get going, but after a few weeks they are all-of-a-sudden huge and producing more zucchini than you can eat. All the rain from last week has taken a toll on my pretties so I’ve rigged a tarp over the plants to protect… Read more →

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