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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...

making all things new, my every-summer read
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making all things new, my every-summer read

Henri Nouwen’s book, Making All Things New, is one of my every-summer reads. I have several books on my shelf that call out to me again and again. This is one. I love everything about this little book, the cover, the title, the sub-title, the author and the beautiful invitation. I know, when I sit...

summer puzzle
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summer puzzle

When’s the last time you worked on a puzzle? Every summer, once the kids are out of school, and the cadence of the day adjusts to a new rhythm, we take down a puzzle that I have set aside and resisted the temptation to attempt during the busy days of spring that lead up to...

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...