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::garden:: Regrowth


It’s hard to believe another week has passed. This Summer just began and it already feels like it is flying by. Maybe that’s just a lack of sleep talking though…This week I cleaned out the fridge. It was sad. What felt like tons of food wasted. While I was getting back into the swing of things cooking, I wasn’t taking the time to create my weekly menu for my shopping trip. I tried to wing it. I failed miserably. If I didn’t have a specific meal planned, I ended up asking PTB to pick up something on his way home as I was exhausted.

We had some rain this week and I am learning my lesson to pay more attention to the weather before I water the plants.

My tomato plant is getting taller! I got to see some tomato plants last weekend that came from my brother as well. I was ashamed… They were planted in the ground and are at least 5 times the size of mine. They were only about 4 inches tall when mine was already well over a foot. Ahh… potted plants. But I am getting a ton of flowers and more and more little fruits. It looks like it is going to be a nice tomato-y summer. Next summer, I’m hoping we will have a grill. Maybe I can fire-roast some of my tomatoes and learn to can? Baby steps, people…I’ve never even kept plants alive this long in the past!

The flowers on my lemon tree didn’t hold up to a storm. I can’t tell what is going to happen to them. The tree is branching out a bit. I am debating whether to trim it or not. Apparently you can treat it like a bonsai?

The herb pots are doing about the same. The basil won’t slow down, and the mint is trying to take over the world! I used quite a bit of the cilantro this week so it is looking a bit bare, but luckily it has a ton of new leaves up top. As for the tarragon…I’m wondering if I just need to start using it quicker? Or maybe picking it and freezing some?

The grape tomato plant is out of control! I’ve hd to spread everything out before it started hanging out in all my other pots. It was trying to crush my okra (no pictures, but it is growing quite nicely). Soooo many flowers on the grape tomato, and one fruit! A few little buds have appeared on the jalapeño just yesterday.

You can see all my garden updates here. If you are in the Lehigh Valley area and want some amazing plants or a farm share, contact my brother!

2011 Deck Garden Week Three
Total Spent: $200  Weekly Savings: $4

::garden:: Week Two


I have not officially killed anything yet! In fact, I might venture to say things are going quite well so far. I have a gardening buddy now. Don’t tell anyone since Sammy (the cat) and I are meant to be mortal enemies. The cat who was once scared of being outside at all now loves to go out of the deck so much that he has started sneaking out the front door and running down the street!

We have had a few rainfalls this past week and the garden is loving it. I would say the basil has doubled in size? It then quickly recovered when I trimmed it down nice and small to make a creamy pesto sauce for lunch the other day. The okra plant has definitely doubled, but no signs of fruit yet. My cherry grape tomato is doing great. Spreading out like wildfire and a few blossoms.

My pride and joy! My lemon tree!! Can I tell you how FREAKING EXCITED I am that there are blossoms on my lemon tree?! Blossoms=Fruit right? Five have bloomed already. I cannot wait to see what happens! This is an ‘improved Meyer’ I really have no idea what that means, but I can’t wait to use a homegrown, sort of organic lemon 🙂

In the other corner is my giant tomato plant. This thing seems unstoppable. It keeps getting taller and has too many blossoms to count. Quite a few baby tomatoes are in progress at this point. The biggest one is probably about 2″ in diameter now? When should I make some Fried Green Tomatoes?

While I haven’t killed anything yet, one herb planter doesn’t seem to be doing that spectacularly. The rain helped the parsley grow a bit, but that and the cilantro just seem…I don’t know.. meh? Any suggestions? Should i be trimming off the pieces that start to wilt? Where do I trim it from? The tarragon is just hanging out in the middle there hoping I pay some attention to it eventually.

This past week I made a creamy pesto sauce using a huge chunk of my basil. We had homemade guacamole with the fresh cilantro, and a couple of dishes used parsley. Even though I only used a bit of parsley and cilantro, it saved me from buying an entire bunch of each, which usually goes to waste. I’m going with a $6 savings this week! YAY!

2011 Deck Garden Week Two
Total Spent: $200  Weekly Savings: $6

::how to:: Shred Basil


For the fancier folk – Chiffonade.  Stack your basil leaves all the same direction.  Roll from leaf tip to stem (this prevents bruising).  Slice away.