I think I’ll build a tomato trellis every year from now on. Maybe two. I love the look of it, and how the tomatoes just vine right up it, and how I can even attach the zucchini vines to it with a little twine.
I started some Nasturtiums from seed this year, to pick up on the color of the dwarf Japanese maple in the Early Spring border (which isn’t particularly colorful in the summer).
This is the only bloom so far, but I do like the pop of color it adds. Hopefully the chipmunks don’t eat it right away.
Sun Sugar wins the award for first ripe tomato of the 2020 season, with Early Girl not far behind!
(Crossposted to Instagram)
Looked out the bathroom window this morning to see a rare morning rainbow. What a pleasant start to the week.
Connor (age 8): “Sometimes you’ve gotta do what you hate in order to do what you love. That should be the motto of life: Do What You Hate To Do What You Love.”
I recently catalogued all of my commercial patterns in a spreadsheet and discovered that I’d only actually sewn two out of the 48 patterns I’ve bought.
This dress makes number three.Continue reading
Summer is for jamming.
More specifically, for making freezer jam.
In another couple of months, I’ll be making my favorite condiment ever: tomato jam. Until I have some garden-fresh tomatoes to put up, though, I’ll jam up whatever we’ve got that’s too ripe to eat out-of-hand. Today, that was half a dozen plums, plus a handful of raspberries I picked from the runners that the neighbor’s bush has been sending into our yard.
I based my jam off of a recipe that I’d saved from a long-ago issue of Cooking Pleasures Magazine (RIP, Cooking Club of America). I halved the batch, substituted ground ginger for fresh (1/4 tsp ground replaced 1 Tbsp fresh), and substituted 2/3 of the sugar with Splenda. The end result is tart and sweet and 1 WW SmartPoints value for one tablespoon.
So, so good.
After the suction cups on my window-mounted bird feeder busted off, I found some brick clips online to mount them to the exterior wall, instead.
I suspected squirrels were to blame for breaking the suction cup mounts in the first place, and I hoped that placing the feeder on the brick wall would keep them out going forward.
I should have known better.
I guess squirrels have to eat, too…
Connor’s BFF came over to play this morning. They are both having such an awesome time. It’s fun to watch.
Blooms always seem to be scarce in the heat of mid-July — especially when deer have eaten the lilies. I think some deer-resistant, drought-loving native plants are in my future.
As always, many thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Bloom Day on the 15th of every month!