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Monday, September 1, 2014

September Tour 2014

Front Garden

Forest

Back Garden




Side Garden

Vegetable Garden

Patio

Alley

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Saucy Post

It has been a couple of years since I've had tomato plants produce enough tomatoes at one time to make tomato sauce.  This week, it all came together.  Enough tomatoes and enough time to make the sauce.


I've used the Tomato Sauce recipe posted previously for awhile and it has served us fine.

I was reading Margaret Roach's Blog recently and found her tomato sauce recipe.

The main difference is that she leaves the garlic and the basil in the sauce.  I was just cooking them to get the flavor.  OK, and she adds parsley.  I didn't add the parsley, but I did leave the garlic and basil in this time.


I put it in containers to freeze.


I use this sauce in recipes.  I don't mind it being chunky.

The whole recipe is one post back.


Tomato Sauce 2

Tomato Sauce 2

1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, lightly crushed and peeled
4 cups of fresh ripe tomatoes, chopped
4 fresh basil leaves, chopped

In a large saucepan, gently heat oil.  Add garlic.  Cover and simmer until garlic is soft.  Mash garlic.  Add tomatoes and basil.  Cover and bring to boil over medium heat.  Remove cover and boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes.  Mash tomatoes.  Simmer and mash three more times. Sauce will be chunky. May puree to make smooth.  Serve at once, or allow to cool and freeze.

Makes 4 cups


Sunday, August 3, 2014

August Tour 2014

Front Garden

Forest


Back Garden




Side Garden

Vegetable Garden

Patio

Alley

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Street End Of The Forest

We call the collection of Spartan Junipers along our driveway "The Forest."  It is a great visual screen and a great windbreak.  It is home to many birds.


We knew the junipers near the street were out over the sidewalk a bit.  We've always pruned off branches that wanted to reach way out there.The sidewalk along our street is fairly wide.  While the junipers have been keeping people from using some of the sidewalk, they have not been keeping people from using the sidewalk at all.  No one has had to step off into the street because of the junipers.  However, they were reaching into the public right of way.  So, we were not surprised when we got an official letter from the city to trim back the junipers.  On Saturday, my wonderful husband and I pruned back all the juniper branches that were reaching over the sidewalk in the area up to eight feet high per the city's code.

From our next door neighbor's yard, all looks fine.


From our yard, all looks fine.


From our neighbor's yard across the street, Eeek!  It is not an appealing look.


Time will moderate the cuts and we'll get used to it.  We have not really affected the wind break.  Not sure what the birds think of the morning sun coming into the forest more.

It is possible to use all of the sidewalk again. 


This will be a noticeable change in the garden tour photos compared to last month.

We were not thrilled to have to do this, but we still have the trees.  In the mean time, we're visiting with all the neighbors who want to know why we did this.  So, on the bright side, it's bringing people together.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Locals Like It

My garden may be certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a wildlife habitat; but as you can see, it also has local wildlife approval.