Here’s my first of many batches of homemade sauce using a variety of tomatoes from our garden. There’s something somewhat controversial and extra healthy about it, however: I don’t remove the tomato skins! Most if not all recipes will tell you to remove them, but they break down as they cook so they blend right in with the sauce. More importantly, your body will appreciate it because the skins contain a high concentration of carotenoids and flavonols, both of which are antioxidants.
It’s been a challenging season for growing tomatoes in Maine due to the long, cold rainy spring we had. For a while looked like we might not have any tomatoes at all, and some of our plants were dying, but now we are enjoying a beautiful bounty! I thought it would be fun to show the progress from start to finish:
There are people, places and moments that bring out the unguarded, trusting and open-hearted child within. The garden at Pineland Farms is one such place for us. When Wayne and I entered the white gates last week, we walked into what felt like a dream. Continue reading “An Enchanted English Garden at Pineland Farms, New Gloucester”
We finally had our first cherry tomato harvest! They are as sweet as they are pretty!
My next Episcopal Summer Chapel Tour post will be after we visit St. Martin’s in the Field in Biddeford Pool next Sunday. This morning we went to the outdoor seaside services at St. Ann’s. It was a very blustery morning and in the low 60s. A very lovely lady, Sylvia, came to the rescue. She invited us to sit next to her and she shared her blanket under which we huddled. Sometimes a warm gesture can do more than any physical barrier against the cold.
Coming up next is a post about our visit to an enchanting English garden.
I hope you got my reference to Keeping Up Appearances!
It feels really good to finally have some time to relax after a hectic yet exciting two weeks. I can’t figure out how to make the summer seem like it’s lasting longer than it does. There’s so much to experience and enjoy, but when I do that the more quickly it flies by. I know I’m not alone with this, right?! Savoring it all and sharing it here on my blog with you feels like a good practice. So, I have good news to share about out tomatoes after a harrowing beginning during a very cold and wet spring. Continue reading “Our first ripe tomato from our bucket (it’s pronounced “bouquet”) garden!”
I’m loving having roses growing and blooming all summer. Then I remembered that one of the vintage apothecary bottles I bought at a rummage sale last year has a rose water label and decided I’d fill it with my own homemade rose water! Continue reading “Homemade Garden Fresh White Rose Water”
After weeks of rain and below-normal temps our tomatoes looked sad and barely grew. Then they began to turn yellow and we wondered if we were going to lose them. But then this past weekend the cold, rainy spell ended! They are now standing taller and things are looking up! Continue reading “Our Garden is Recovering from the Incessant Rain!”
Wayne planted the tomato seedlings and we developed a new netting system for which I devised a doorway to our raised bed gardens out of bamboo sticks! A how-to follows our planting in pictures.
Today while out picking I bought an old wood chest made from beadboard that works perfectly for storing gardening things in our sunroom. I love the weathered, rustic look with faded green paint. When I opened the trunk I saw something completely unexpected! Continue reading “Out Picking: An Unexpected Treasure in an Old Chest”
Wayne and I both really loved our homegrown tomato sandwiches, salads, sauces and slices last year so we decided that he would build another raised bed this spring. Continue reading “Building A Second Raised Garden Bed for 2017”