Black Tom

This tomato is gorgeous. I saved the seeds from some purple tomatoes that we bought at the Kingston Farmers’ Market last fall. Unsure of the variety, we named it Black Tom. I enjoyed the first few to ripen tonight sautéed with olive oil, garlic, tuna, spaghetti, basil, and parsley.

Salad Greens

I got a late start this year, but a variety of salad greens are coming along and soon we’ll be having our first big salad from the garden. I direct sowed a few varieties of lettuce, some new and some saved from last year. Last year I let much of my lettuce go to seed and … More Salad Greens

July Blooms

I’m growing calendula for the first time this year. The flowers are beautiful, they attract pollinators and other beneficial insects and are nice companions for the tomatoes nearby. I’ve been plucking some of the flowers for drying and I’m learning more about culinary and medicinal uses for them.

Making rows as I go

Last June I received a pink dianthus plant for my birthday. I love this plant. The tiny pink flowers smell like candy and have a sweet and bitter taste. I planted it next to some lavender and it has more than quadrupled in size. Sadly, the flowers bloomed just before a couple of weeks of … More Making rows as I go

Loving Spring

Lots going on right now – seedlings and purples and pinks and what looks like our best strawberry season yet. The berries… Pink azalea buds… Seedlings… Purple dianthus buds and ajuga… Growing peas along the chain link fence…

Garden Plans

The garden is blanketed in snow and  I’m enjoying the excuse to cozy up inside and dream. My plans for this year are all centered around two main goals: growing more food and using fewer inputs. This year I’m starting seeds indoors. I’ve wasted a lot of time over the last five years trying to … More Garden Plans