Saving Tomato Seeds

It's time to save seeds from all those wonderful tomatoes coming out of the garden.  I remember my grandmother's little seed packets that she made herself using paper envelopes and the seeds from her garden.  I remember using them to plant, but I don't remember her drying the seeds in the fall, so I wasn't …

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Mid-April in the Garden

Yesterday was a very busy day for me with a meeting in the morning, and a bunch of errands to do including picking up my torenias from the garden center, checking out the humane society thrift store, and hitting Pier One's sale.  Of course, while I was there, I had to get a few more …

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Last of the Garden

The days are not quite so hot, and the nights are definitely getting cooler, so the garden is winding down.  The torenias will continue to bloom well into October, but they are starting to look a little leggy.  The silver pot on the porch below is the amaryllis that rebloomed last winter.  Click on Reblooming …

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Late June Garden 2015

Last Sunday was a wonderful mountain living day, as the temperature cooled to the mid-60s overnight, and I opened every window in the house for a good airing early in the morning.  It was cool all day, with a nice breeze to flush out the stale air in the house. Lovely and quiet, gentle wind …

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June Flowers are Still Blooming

The blooming season just goes on and on here.   Two years ago I received a white lily around Easter and when it finished blooming, I put it in the garden.  It bloomed last year and again this year.  Although it is well past Easter!  Last week two of the flowers were out. It has three …

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Working in the Garden in June

Last week I finally got to the garden center to pick up the rest of the veggie plants I wanted.   I got three more tomato plants, one a purple heirloom, a couple of peppers, several herbs and a few more flowers.  The trunk was full. Nothing beats a homegrown tomato topped with fresh picked basil, …

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Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup with Gouda

I adore tomato soup, and there is a restaurant in town that makes a super version.  They call theirs Gouda Soup, and it is a tomato and roasted red pepper soup with Gouda cheese grated on top.  I just had to figure out an acceptable recipe to make at home.  Several tries, but I think …

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