Getting the Urban Garden Ready for Summer


Our little urban garden has been a touch neglected recently.  Not my tomatoes – of course – but the lettuce, peas, and some of the herbs were looking like they needed a huge dose of loving.  So on Monday, Brad and I decided to spend a good chunk of our day off out in the sunshine of our garden.

We planned on rearranging, replanting, pulling out things that were out of season or just taking up space, and getting some new and exciting things started.

Inspired by Brad’s favoritism for thyme and how it has been disappearing from our garden almost as soon as it sprouted up – we decided to dedicate a few rows to the herb.

We planted Lemon Thyme, Elfin Thyme, and – my favorite – Creeping Thyme, along with a few seeds for… regular Thyme?

So. Much. Thyme.

We also bought a few small heirloom tomato plants to add to the collection.  I gave my old tomato plants lots of love.  Even the previously bug-infested plant is starting to make a killer comeback.

I jokingly (kind of) told Brad that I have been telling my tomato plants I love them every day so they feel loved and grow better.

It must be working, because one of our plants has at least twelve tiny little tomatoes. I am so. freaking. excited.

And now look at our revitalized summer garden!

Basil, Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary, Tarragon, Marjoram, Oregano, Sage, Tomatoes, An Olive and Two Lemon Trees, a Blackberry Bush, Radishes and Edible Flowers!

We aren’t messing around this summer!

Even my Forget-Me-Nots are close to flowering.  I am probably as excited about them as I am for those tomatoes.  Forget-Me-Nots might not be something we can cook with or eat, but I just can’t wait to walk by them every morning and have that simple, beautiful reminder of my Karey and all the love and memories she left us all with.

Gibson approves.  She’d totally sunbathe in this garden.

Looking forward to the homemade dinners made with all of these herbs…


First of the Tomatoes


I have a million pictures and stories from this past weekend in Florida that I should be sharing, but I simply couldn’t wait to share the exciting news….


I don’t know what I was thinking when we first planted this garden.  We just went to the store, picked out some plants and vegetables we wanted to eat, threw them in the ground, watered them when we remembered, and hoped for the best.

This is not how successful gardening works.

Sure, we’ve been pretty lucky.  Our herbs are growing like mad.  Our lettuces have fed us, dried out and then – with a little love – regrown to feed us once again.

But tomatoes are a different beast.  I’ve googled.  I’ve read Tomato blogs (see here and here). I’ve identified insects and mold.  I’ve bought sprays and tomato feed.  I’ve pruned and clipped and arranged.

And today, as I was watering and spraying for bugs and pulling away dead leaves, I spotted it.  Our first little tomato!

I would say that I never thought a little tomato would get me this excited, but I knew from the start.  Oh yes, as soon as we planted the seeds and I had to practice my skills in patience, I knew.

I love tomatoes.

And then, I found another.

And the teeny tiny beginning of another…

I was nervous a few weeks ago when we discovered insects covering one of our plants and mildew attacking.  Tomatoes need tons of sun and we’d had a foggy, chilly few months.  When we got back from Florida the other day I even contemplated tearing one of the plants up.

Crazy. Talk.

So now both of our plants are covered with flowers.  I will diligently be watching these first little guys and fighting the insects/mildew with new vengeance.

And I will also be looking up recipes while I sit and wait even more.  Tomato tart?  Tomato Paella?  Tomatoes Millefeuille?

Oh the possibilities!