Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My garden, my love.

We haven't been dining out as much lately. The fact is, dining out has been temporarily replaced by dining in.

Why? Mostly because we've been hitting the markets hard and buying lots of seasonal produce. It's hard to resist a great deal on fresh produce! Ramps, asparagus, strawberries, sweet peas, and lots of herbs have been making regular appearances, and we're loving it.

Also, evenings and weekends are best spent in the garden, where so far we've planted tons of perennials in our new flowerbeds, plus edibles: 10+ varieties of heirloom tomatoes, heirloom peppers, heirloom onions, asparagus, heirloom green beans, heirloom dill, heirloom basil, strawberries, blueberries, and rosemary.

Daily, I wander through the yard, checking out the growth of the plants. I'm constantly monitoring growth rates, soil dampness, weeds, and bugs. I think about my garden about once every 5 minutes when I'm not actually in the garden. It is my seasonal infatuation.

This year, I've fallen for the colorful tomato cages they're selling at Fratallones Ace Hardware in the Twin Cities. They're SO adorably adorable!

[where: Sustainable Food, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Twin Cities, Minnesota]

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