Finding Tomato Tastings

Going to a tomato tasting is a fun way to enjoy others’ gardens as well as your own. When I couldn’t find any after first reading about tomato tastings years ago, I held my own. I invited others to bring tomatoes, printed voters’ ballots and winners’ certificates, and made a party out of it. ThisContinue reading “Finding Tomato Tastings”

Open Garden Day + Tomato Tasting Contest

My big event last Saturday, the Open Garden Day + Tomato Tasting Contest, was fantastic! I had a blast preparing for it and then meeting and greeting visitors throughout the day. THANK YOU to each of you who came! I’m grateful for the publicity I got, too. Right before the event, the Ferry-Morse Seed CompanyContinue reading “Open Garden Day + Tomato Tasting Contest”

Simple Seasonings

Now that folks are harvesting tomatoes and cucumbers in my area, I’m going to tell you my favorite seasonings for eating them fresh.Cucumbers — Halve them lengthwise and sprinkle them with salt-free lemon pepper. This is exactly what I did on one of our Shakespeare picnics (shown above).Tomatoes — Cut them in wedges and sprinkle a little fleur de sel. NotContinue reading “Simple Seasonings”

Watering Tips

When we don’t get enough rain to keep the garden producing goodies for my table, I have to water it. Here are some general watering tips for gardens. Water from below. Never spray water onto the foliage or flowers. Remember that the roots need the water, not the leaves. Here in the humid Midwest many plants are susceptibleContinue reading “Watering Tips”

Elegant Picnics

ENJOY — garden style living Summer is my favorite season—and nothing says summer like a picnic! Also, nothing tastes as good at a picnic as fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit from your garden or from wherever else you can get it. This is true whether you’re packing a simple lunch to take with your kidsContinue reading “Elegant Picnics”

Swiss Chard Tortilla Española

EAT — garden-to-table eating I promised on Instagram that I’d share this recipe in my newsletter, so I’m adding it here, too. Don’t forget: you could also make this with beet greens because Swiss chard and beet greens are practically the same thing. This dish is what I remember my mom making whenever she got aselga (she couldn’t rememberContinue reading “Swiss Chard Tortilla Española”

Dealing with Tomato Diseases

GROW — practical gardening tips I may earn commissions for purchases made through any Amazon links in this post. See disclosure here. Tomatoes, alas, are not the easiest vegetable to grow. Here in the midwest and most of the U.S.A. our growing season is not long enough, so we have to buy seedlings and transplantContinue reading “Dealing with Tomato Diseases”

Best Tasting Tomatoes

ENJOY — garden style living I love gardening—from my head TO-MA-TOES! Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable to grow in a home garden–and for good reason. This is where your tongue gets the most bang for your gardening effort. The dramatic difference in taste between homegrown and store-bought tomatoes is often what drew us foodContinue reading “Best Tasting Tomatoes”

The Great Scape Pesto

Garden-to-Table Eating from my newsletter archives June is when it’s time for me to cut off the garlic scapes—those curly things forming at the top of my garlic plants. These taste like garlic and can be used like garlic in any recipe. They’re also a nice addition to stir-fry dishes. But my favorite thing to make withContinue reading “The Great Scape Pesto”