Friday, July 29, 2011

homegrown dinner

I hate that we have had a dry, dry July. Lawns are brown and parched, and people are shut up inside their houses, seeking a cool respite from the stifling oven that has been the great outdoors. If there's one bright side to all of this heat, it's...tomatoes. I was a few weeks late getting my garden in, so my tomato plants have positively exploded these past few weeks. The lettuce is still hanging in there, too. Soon-to-be-red-and-yellow peppers are growing, but still green. Carrots and beets are starting to look more like carrots and beets.

And tonight. Tonight!  Finally.  Dinner. 

Home grown dinner

Notice the brown grass. blech. 

The next month will be a an exercise in creativity and persistence as we reap the bounty of nine (NINE! but three volunteered.) tomato plants. I've got compost stockpiled for feeding if it's ever cool enough to actually do any sort of physical labor outdoors.  I've been preparing for the onslaught by trying my hand at making mozzarella and home made bread.  With mixed success.  But there's plenty of time and opportunity to practice. As an added bonus, my inner eye was working properly the day I planted, because I've got three different kinds of basil thriving as well. To top it all off, my sister-in-law was kind enough to bring me two bottles of the. most. amazing. balsamic vinegar from Oilerie a couple of weeks ago. 

I must pause here and tell you that if you have not been lucky enough to try this vinegar, you must MUST make it a priority. It's life altering. Warning: all other balsamic vinegar will be ruined for the rest of your life once you taste this. Trust. 

Meanwhile, after a palmful of false thunder alarms over the past few weeks, it's finally raining. My patio is steaming. And I prefer to imagine the plants in my window boxes are singing Golden Afternoon.  Or they will be tomorrow. 

What's happening in your garden? 

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