We live in zone 6a and I have been gardening and cooking for years. This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my success and those failures that come about on occasion. Plus, I want to hear from all the gardeners and bakers and cooks out there and learn from you. Feel free to share your ideas.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


We have been fortunate that our tomato plants have produced plenty of tomatoes. So this morning I rough chopped the tomatoes, gently sautéed garlic in olive oil for a few minutes ,added the tomatoes , and topped the sauce off with sea salt and pepper to taste. Even added a dash more of olive oil. I only cook the sauce for about 15 minutes, and then let it cool. Transfer to freezer bags and pop into the freezer. I will use it on pasta and top it off with fresh basil right before serving .

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Garlic Harvest

This is the third year for garlic which has been incredibly easy to grow. It has been a challenge thus year to harvest it because of all the rain. However today was the day. I have about 100 bulbs and Music which is a hardneck is a favorite of mine. We have more than enough to last the year. This
makes me so happy.

Sunday, June 14, 2015


Well the weeds have made an attempt to take over. No way that I will let that happen. I use cardboard where I can to smother them and pull the rest up. Wouldn't it be nice if the planted vegetables grew as well as weeds and needed no attention.

My tomatoe plants are still doing amazingly well, along with the basil. I have scapes ready to be harvested and pesto will be made this week.

We are supposed to have rain on and off all week. I hope so.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Garden Harvest and More

The lettuce this year has been the best ever and below is the first peony I have cut ( ever) from our garden. Love the fragrance and ants have not been a problem. The rhubarb is coming up slowly. This is the first year for it, so it is not ready to be harvested.

to be harvested.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tomatoes at Week One

I have to tell you that I have never had tomatoes grow as much in one week as what I have planted this year. In one week they have grown around 6 to 8 inches. Hopefully this is the year of the tomato.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Planting Continues

Tomatoes are in. I have planted a combination of heirlooms and non heirlooms. The black beauty
eggplant and basil transplants are also in. The season is moving forward.

Friday, April 17, 2015

P. Allen Smith

I just came back from the Cincy Flower Show and heard P.Allen Smith speak. His presentation exceded my expectation. He is entertaining and informative . Plus the weather was perfect for a day on the river for this event and the luncheon was delicious. We received a goody bag and the  event did a wonderful job with the tent décor. It was a lovely garden party.