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a fall backyard foraged find: strawberry guavas
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a fall backyard foraged find: strawberry guavas

Year by year, our backyard starts developing a wild nature of its own. Seeds are blown in by the wind, carried in by animals or spread about by composted soil. This is when neglecting to weed has some perks. Some wild foreign seeds are given time and space to sprout up and grow into plants that can be identified and from time to time, welcomed...

hey there fellow gardener, yes you!
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hey there fellow gardener, yes you!

Many people we encounter in the garden immediately confess they do not have a green thumb. As if saying, “Let’s get it out of the way now and make it clear, I cannot grow things and don’t belong here”.  But interestingly, they linger, they talk about how their friends can grow things, how they love...

oven-drying tomatoes
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oven-drying tomatoes

By the end of the summer season, cherry tomatoes can start getting a little out of hand. In April, when our little tomato plants get tucked into the soil and we anxiously await for the ripening of our first tomato, it's hard to believe, in a few short months, tomatoes will be falling to the ground before we can harvest them...

today, in my garden: spreading some worm poop
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today, in my garden: spreading some worm poop

This morning, I feel the change in the air and take in a deep breath, with thoughts of summer days and beautiful harvests. Not just garden harvests, but summer-day harvests of love, laughter, stories, and open spaces. Wandering around my garden early this morning, I witness the exhaustion of my soil. I fill my bucket with worm...

tomato confessions, part two: summer’s salad-sized tomatoes
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tomato confessions, part two: summer’s salad-sized tomatoes

Blue Cream Berries…Lemon Drops…Matt’s Wild Cherries…Black Cherries…Frosted Green Doctors…Supersweet 100 Cherries…Sungold Cherries…Gold Rush Tomatoes…Beam's Yellow Pear...Peacevine Cherries........happy (slightly embarrassed) sigh.

Yes, I have all these cherry tomatoes currently growing in my garden. In February, my sweet garden-loving, God-seeking soul friend and I started almost 1,000 tomato plants by seed in our church and...

tomato confessions, part one: summer’s cherry tomatoes
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tomato confessions, part one: summer’s cherry tomatoes

Blue Cream Berries…Lemon Drops…Matt’s Wild Cherries…Black Cherries…Frosted Green Doctors…Supersweet 100 Cherries…Sungold Cherries…Gold Rush Tomatoes…Beam's Yellow Pear...Peacevine Cherries........happy (slightly embarrassed) sigh.

Yes, I have all these cherry tomatoes currently growing in my garden. In February, my sweet garden-loving, God-seeking soul friend and I started almost 1,000 tomato plants by seed in our church and...

tomato confessions: intro
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tomato confessions: intro

I must confess, this whole tomato thing has gotten a little out of hand. It all started fifteen years ago with a friend, an unusual tomato plant, some dirt and a pot. Fast forward to today, and I have….okay – I am embarrassed to actually reveal the number of tomato plants, with fear that I...

starting succulents
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starting succulents

Yesterday my son suggested we start a cutting of every succulent plant we have. So….here it is, a 72 pod seed starting tray filled with succulent cuttings and I am a little embarrassed to admit, we have more varieties than this! We make our own succulent growing soil by mixing 1/2 potting soil, with 1/4 perlite...

saving tomato seed
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saving tomato seed

Now is the time to save your tomato seeds! We love to save seeds from our favorite heirloom or open-pollinated tomato varieties. (It is best not to save hybrid seeds. It is less likely to produce a similar tomato as it is not yet stabilized) So much history is contained within one little seed. How beautiful it is to be people that pass along the story of seeds.