Monthly Archives: August 2013

First Day

Today was the first day of our three day tomato canning extravaganza. We picked up our rented Zip van, drove and picked up the tomatoes (!), went to a lovely kitchen store to fetch our jars and food millls, went … Continue reading

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This is what 300 pounds of tomatoes looks like

Here they are in the back of the rented Zip van, en route.

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The Country House

Tonight we signed a lease on our new home.  We call it ‘The Country House.’ Although not really in the country, it is outside the city and on two acres. There are plenty of neighbors near by, but on our … Continue reading

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Tomatoes in the Garden

Here are some pictures of the tomatoes in my garden. The two sizable varieties I grew were Oregon Star for sauces and canning, and Mortgage Lifter as a slicing / sandwich tomato. Here you can see the blossom end rot … Continue reading

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300 Pounds of Tomatoes

Today I became ‘the lady who wants 300 pounds of tomatoes.’ I heard someone call me this on the phone as they handed the call off to another store employee. I guess that’s me, the lady who wants 300 pounds … Continue reading

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Small Successes

Some things are going right. I am feeding my daughter a homegrown cucumber. Each day I eat delicious cherry tomatoes and basil from the garden. We have groceries, a dishwasher full of clean dishes, and a drawer full of clean … Continue reading

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Feeling a bit down

I had a really lovely day today filled with friends and community.  It built up my spirit.  But I must admit that I have been struggling emotionally with packing up and leaving.  I am excited about our new place, which … Continue reading

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Fall Garden Starts

Before leaving for my trip, I planted seeds for my fall garden. I also transplanted some homegrown starts that had weathered the summer without getting too big. I started many greens seeds, as well as pansies and nasturtiums for beauty … Continue reading

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Garden at a Glance

Back Home. The garden is lush and lanky. A bit too much Nitrogen, a bit too little sun. The plants need Phosphorus to fruit well. I could side dress / mulch with compost of add liquid organic fertilizer specialized for … Continue reading

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