My basil have been going gangbusters in the vintage clawfoot bed. All summer long, the bees have been flitting about the fragrant flowers — dozens of them, to the point where you can hear a collective buzz as you walk by. Moments like these make me wish I had a beehive, because a colony feeding […]
The five little things that made my week… 1. Bringing a spent sunflower head down to the chicken run. The ladies love their little treat! If you have the space, it’s worth growing a crop of sunflowers near your run every summer. As the flowers fade, they naturally drop their seeds. It gives them something […]
Sometimes it feels like I’m waiting alllll summer for my basil to grow into a bush, and suddenly at the end of the season, boom. My Thai basil explodes overnight and I find myself blending and freezing several pints of pesto to save for the winter months. But fresh basil is a favorite of mine […]
Strawberries. Fresh. From my berry patch!
This refreshing syrup is one of my summer stand-bys. There’s nothing more satisfying than coming in after a hot and heavy day in the garden, cranking the SodaStream, and filling an icy tall glass with lemon and basil-infused soda. (My guy prefers it with gin during our home happy hours.) Whether you like it boozy […]
Summer has gotta be my favorite season. Besides the beach cruising, the warm-water surf, and the longer hours of daylight, it’s the season when two of my favorite flavors come together so prolifically — sweetly bursting tomato and richly aromatic basil. This summer I’m growing seven types of tomatoes and eight types of basil, all […]
One of my favorite herbs sits in my perennial herb bed, and it’s a basil. Yep, a perennial basil. I never even knew such a thing existed until I found my African Blue at a nursery. It flowers almost year-round with pretty purple and lavender buds on long stems, but never bolts and tastes just […]