Coconut, Coppertone, saltwater, freshly cut grass and charcoal heating on the grill. These are some of the smells that reminded me of summer while I was growing up. And now as a gardener, tomato leaves make that happy list. While there’s no shortage of Coppertone and saltwater on a California summer day (or any day […]
It’s almost spring and for an edible gardener, that usually comes down to three things: starting, transplanting, and then loving on those luscious summer tomatoes! Are you ready?! The five little things that made my week… 1. Heirloom tomato seedlings doing their morning stretch in front of the window. I’ve started eight varieties this season […]
1. One of my favorite things about summer. (There are four or five varieties of tomatoes in there!)
Tomato planting is something I look forward to every spring. I start counting the days from the time I sow my first seed to when I might have that first vine-ripened tomato in my hand, juices dripping down as I take a bite of the sweet, succulent flesh before it even makes it back to […]
My mother-in-law grew a massive zucchini this summer. Or rather, she couldn’t keep up with her zucchini (as is always the case with those prolific plants) and before she knew it, she found this behemoth hiding in the vines. This baby measured 20 inches in length and weighed in at almost 5 pounds! When zucchini […]
This spicy salsa is what I like to call the Harvest Special. If you planned it right this summer — and started those first sets of seeds last fall, however early that may seem — everything that goes into this salsa can come straight from your garden right now, from the garlic to the tomatoes! […]
Strawberries. Fresh. From my berry patch!