Can I Interest You in a Tomato?

Monday, May 25, 2015





The first tomato came out of the garden yesterday. A little Sweetie tomato from a seed I started in late January on the mantle of my fire place, now grown into a tall plant. It really is incredible, this gardening thing. Things grow, what a miracle that is.

My first tomato was worth all the effort, sweet and tangy, with a flavor like the richest of pizza sauces that lingered on the tongue. Already my brain is whirling with all the cooking possibilities to come. First up, tomato and basil sauce from the garden on homemade pasta, just as soon as a few more of our fruits ripen.

There's a lot going on in the garden these days. We've had a somewhat cooler spring following a colder winter which means everything's running a little behind schedules. But the five months of consecutive rain means everything's growing beautifully (even if I'm sick of being stuck in doors). Our lavender budded early (in February, can you imagine!) but we have a few little buds left. The strawberries are stuck in limbo, although the rain means most of our fruit is rotting before we get to it anyway. And the beans seem to have caught chocolate spot disease from the fall's lava beans, but otherwise the garden is thriving.

I'm praying for our mild summer to hold through June and hoping for a good harvest!

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  1. I desperately wish I had an outdoor space for gardening here! You should document the sauce-making process when your plants are ready :)

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    1. I know I'm really lucky to have a backyard space for my garden! But if you're itching to grow something, a sunny window sill makes a great home for potted herbs. And I will be sure to post my sauce making, but maybe a little later in the summer. I need to work the kinks out of the process first, I think!

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    2. I know I'm really lucky to have a backyard space for my garden! But if you're itching to grow something, a sunny window sill makes a great home for potted herbs. And I will be sure to post my sauce making, but maybe a little later in the summer. I need to work the kinks out of the process first, I think!

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