Just keep a’keepin’ on.

This year I am trying to keep things simple and enjoyable in the garden.

I ended up planting peas four times. And I still might only get two or three pea plants. Every year there is something that hasn’t done well – peas have been really solid for me the last few years, I guess this is their year. (Or not, rather.)

So, we’ll see what we get.
Positive side to an empty trellis: I’m going to try pole beans!

There are little solutions everywhere!

  • I killed my little tomato starts. Solution: buy them from a friend!
  • My eggplants didn’t sprout. Solution: buy them from Welcome Table Farm.

Some days, Sunset Magazine et. al. can make you feel like everything needs to be perfect, and you can drive yourself crazy thinking that way. If I remind myself I just want to grow some beautiful food to eat, then it stops mattering.

15 days ago, pretty then—wait until you see now.

15 days ago, pretty then—wait until you see now.


‘Maters and other matters.

Excited for my selection of tomatoes this year.

  • Pantano Romanesco
  • Juanne Flamme
  • Green Zebra
  • Black Prince
  • San Marzano
  • Sungold
  • Black Cherry
  • Blue Berries

The last three are cherry tomatoes, I like to have three kinds on hand in different colors, which are easy to slice in half and create a beautiful tomato salad in a matter of minutes. I like a paste tomato for drying, canning, or saucing.

And beyond that, I like colorful, medium-sized tomatoes. The larger ones are impressive and beautiful, but I’ve never found them to be prolific—and prolific is my bread and butter baby. The pantano is new to me and the biggest of the lot.

Eggplant-wise, I bought one of each from one of our local CSAs: Purple Long, Rosita, Falcon. Eggplants are more the mister’s bag.

From the things I started early spring, I am continually happy with the Saxa Radish (just 21 days), the stir-fry mix I planted, and the orach that self-seeded.

Now just waiting to see if the cucumbers sprout, or if I’ll need to pick something up. Because massive amounts of cucumbers are on my agenda this year.