Garden

I love garden fresh tomatoes! We have not had much luck with growing them; one year we even tried some pots up on the roof.
raised garden bedThough we have a large backyard, we have a serious allelopathy problem: black walnut trees produce juglone which is poison to tomatoes and many other plants. We had a small raised bed made from old shipping pallets, but it had begun to rot and the soil in it was too sandy for tomatoes. Last summer, Mr. Tess built a raised garden bed from some discarded utility tiny green tomatoespoles.

This is the first year I have hope of great tomatoes. There are half a dozen different plants, though I think we lost the tags with the variety names. One is a cherry tomato, some are early, some are late producers. Early this spring I planted some English peas, but something ate the plants before they bloomed. Still, I have hopes for some good tomatoes…

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chardchard leafWe also put in some chard,
which immediately attracted
the attention of our woodchuck friend.
The short chicken wire fence
seems to have
outsmarted him
so far.

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green shiso

Red and Green ShisoLast summer, I had some shiso plants in a pot on the patio. These plants volunteered this spring. The red shiso is very pretty but its flavor is stronger than the green varieties. I bought some shiso seeds, but forgot about them.

They are just beginning to sprout.

chard from the garden

This was dinner.
The spicy sesame sauce left from a few days ago was mixed with fresh noodles. The left-over cucumber and carrot agar-agar was just ok. The re-heated chicken was dried out; it just does not make a good make ahead food.
The chard was good, fresh from the garden.

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