The Giant Tomato and Other Observations

Yesterday Tom picked a GIANT tomato. It was enormous and weighed 1lb 8oz. It’s the largest tomato we’ve ever grown and in my opinion only got that large out of sheer luck. I’m still really proud of it and immediately saved seed from it. It’s a Dr. Wyche’s Yellow tomato – a heirloom beefsteak type…

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Fire Roasted Chilies

Every year my mom would order 25-50lbs of green chilies from Hatch, New Mexico. Hatch Green Chilies are some of the best you can find and trust me, they earn their reputation. We couldn’t go through the large produce boxes of chilies without them going bad before we even made a dent so we would…

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Oven-Baked Heirloom Tomato Sauce

*This is a repost from several years ago when the lovely Jessa wrote our recipes. I’ll start this off with an excuse and an apology – I’ve pinched a nerve in my neck and am stuck in bed with a ridiculous contraption of pillows, blankets, rolled-up towels, hot water bottles, ice packs, and painkillers trying…

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Feelin’ Spicy

This past weekend I decided to do a hot pepper taste test. We have issues with getting hot peppers because we just aren’t hot enough around here. I was really hoping for some hot jalapenos this year in particular. I probably could live with medium heat as well. The black plastic has been really helpful…

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If Your Product is so Great Why Not Label it?

Because it isn’t great and they know it. They know that if people see their product labeled they won’t buy it. So now they are looking at spending $100 million dollars to fight labeling. California is the battle ground. It’s the people (you and me) against Monsanto, Dow and Bayer. They have deep pockets and…

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Fall Crops – It’s Time

I can’t believe it’s already time to start the fall crops. It seems like it was just New Year’s last week. I haven’t even harvested all my long season cabbage yet either! I’ve never been successful at growing Brussels sprouts. They would grow fast at first but then as the season wore on they would…

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A Bit of Wild

This year was my first time ever finding a lacewing in my garden. I was probably more excited than any normal human being should be. Of course in all my excitement I wasn’t able to get a photo of it for this post, so I borrowed one from flickr. Why was I so excited to…

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Household Items You Can Use in the Garden

I’ve decided to build upon my tips for frugal gardeners. This however has more to do with using items you probably already have in your house. Aspirin – Dissolve 3/4 of an uncoated asprin tablet in 1 gallon of water. Spray plants ever 2-3 weeks with the mixture to prevent fungus problems, including powdery mildew…

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Why I’ve Been Away

If you hadn’t noticed I haven’t been writing much on the blog lately and for that I apologize. The universe was against me for the last few weeks. It started with two of my coworkers being out on vacation for the same two week period. There are only 5 of us in the studio so…

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