Monthly Archives: June 2011

  The first tomato quickly became tomato sauce for my lunch, loosely based on this Alton Brown recipe. Here’s what I did. Backyard Tomato Sauce Ingredients: 1 big beef tomato hefty pinch of sea salt pinch of basil pinch of oregano a few shakes of pepper big pinch garlic powder even bigger pinch onion powder small drizzle extra virgin olive oil Directions Wash tomato and dice into small pieces. Put in small… Read More

(click on the images to see the pictures larger) On June 18th we were visiting family and happened to see this spectactular sight in the night sky. The faraway lightning show went on for over an hour and we ended up going in to bed before it was over. Turns out there was a heavy storm about an hour South of us and we’re pretty sure that’s what we were watching unfold.

I love these green smoothies. They are such a great way to use up all the Kale in the garden and have a yummy treat with a nutritious punch. Here’s what I do: Wash the kale and separate the leaves from the stems. Lightly steam the leaves until they are slightly soft. Put the steamed kale in the blender with some of the cooking water and puree. I like to do quite a bit… Read More

(click on the images to view them larger) The first big beef tomato has ripened! Well, mostly. I went ahead and picked it early because it has blossom end rot. This was one of the tomatoes that was already on the plant before I transplanted it and from my reading it seems like that is likely the cause of the rot. The rest of the tomatoes on the plant (and it’s putting… Read More

Everything is growing like crazy! The sugar pie pumpkins are snaking their way up the trellis, and to the next trellis, and on the ground, and over the flowers… They are unstoppable and I’m going to have to cut them back even if it pains me. My calabrese broccoli finally started to grow a head. Something is eating the top leaves though. I have pulled off a few green stripey caterpillars but… Read More

The little birdies are growing quickly! Yesterday they left the nest for the first time. They came back after dark to sleep and left again early this morning while I was out running. It’s neat to see them grow so fast!  

Grow more beets in 2012. 🙂

Good with cold stuff. Good with hot stuff. Gotta love it.

The garden behind the fence is planted. Thank you Dad for letting me borrow the tiller. That made a world of difference! I planted on Friday, June 17th (albeit a bit late): Early Golden Bantam Sweet Corn Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans Spaghetti Squash Connecticut Field Pumpkin Table Queen Squash Charleston Grey Watermelon Early Yellow Straightneck Squash Mammoth Grey Striped Sunflowers Dark Green Zuchinni Squash Hale’s Best Canteloupe and some Contender Bush Beans… Read More

photo credit: CarbonNYC “Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.” ― Anne Frank