Basil is a wonderful companion to tomatoes.
I’d like to take some time to tell you about the basic companion planting tips that I’ve found to be very beneficial. I read once that growing basil next to your tomatoes makes the tomatoes more flavorful. I don’t know if this is really true, but they […]
There are few things as rewarding to grow as tomatoes. In fact, for me, they’re the reason for growing anything. It’s all about the tomatoes.
Warmed by the sun, a vine ripened tomato rinsed with the garden hose is one of the best snacks a gardener has. The flavor cannot be […]
Here is another plan for one of your 4′ x 4′ raised beds. To me, the main reason for gardening is the tomatoes, so I always dedicate one or two of my beds to tomatoes and the accompanying herbs and onions that compliment the tomatoes.
As you can see in this bed, I have four […]
October is planting month here in south Florida, and any time during the month is good to plant in Zone 10. Ideally, it’s good to wait until mid month when the temperatures are likely to drop below 90 during the day. Tender seedlings don’t like extreme heat and hot sun, so get your beds ready, […]
I made a small batch of pickles again today – only six jars. We ran out of our sliced pickles months ago and I miss them. Today I made all sliced pickles for sandwiches (the photo above is from a previous batch of spears.)
The last jar I saw of Vlassic […]
This past week at Costco we picked up a big bag of fingerling potatoes for under $8. If you’ve never made these tender, flavorful spuds, try them some time. We love them. I’ve boiled them, roasted them, steamed them, but found that the best method of preparing these little spudlets is to braise them in […]
The day before yesterday, I made my first batch of pickles from my brother Bob’s recipe that I posted a few days ago. I thought I’d chronicle the ups and downs of pickle production, complete with my mistakes for your learning.
I’ve never canned anything, so I relied heavily on advice from […]
Look at this beautiful dill plant. This is how many blossoms will form on just one plant! These are the seed heads that are used in pickles. My brother Bob has been working on his pickle recipe for years. He generously gave me a quart of them a year ago, and I […]
It’s Monday. A new week begins. For those of you in the Midwest, Eastern US and other Zones 6 – 8 areas, now’s the time to get over to the local nurseries to see what plants they have. Don’t just look for flowers for the yard. Delve into the vegetable section and see what healthy […]