Two years in a row my traditional Genovese basil crop has been a disappointment due to a mysterious infection I attributed to the weather and my own faulty watering techniques. “Better luck next year!” I muttered, resigned to another non-pesto season. This year, I resolved to successfully bring basil to my table and began some […]
When your Roma tomatoes begin ripening faster than you can turn them into red sauce, here is an easy salsa that doubles as a brushetta base. Two for one….you can’t lose. Smokey Roma Salsa 7-8 Roma tomatoes (approx. 1 pound) diced 3 T. white onion, finely chopped 3/4 loosely packed basil leaves (Greek Columnar […]
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This morning I’m caught up in autumn’s entrance as September slowly unfolds and October eagerly awaits his annual debut. It’s too early for the crunch of leaves, no pumpkins decorate the front steps, my flip flops remain stubbornly at the door, and the yard still requires mowing. But, I did gleefully make my first apple […]
As summer wraps up I’m looking for excuses to use my fresh herbs while they’re still fresh! Luckily for me the dahlia’s in this arrangement lasted longer than the lemon balm I’d previously had in the vase. (See my previous post here.) “Excellent!” I thought. “No time like the present to try something new.” One […]
Like sugar and spice, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and dahlias are opposites that bring out the best in each other. Lemon balm is forever green and calming, yet bursting with a fresh, citrus aroma that brightens a gloomy day and recharges a draining battery. Dahlias can be counted on to deliver over the top color […]
It’s National Pollinator Week. An inspiring time of year to honor all of our little pollinating friends. Several years ago I started a bee and butterfly garden on the southeast side of my property. It’s grown from a 10′ x 4′ kidney bean into a border that runs the length and width of my backyard. […]