Tomato project update

So the cherry tomato plants aren’t doing so well. The leaves are sort of tiny and mottled and despite my best attempts I couldn’t get good growth out of them. I’m going to continue to nurse them and see how far they go, but at this point, they’re on life support.…


Gazpacho time!

Tonight, I’m treating myself to gazpacho. Most of the ingredients are from the market, at the most Ontario grown.

4 large tomatoes, peeled
1 red bell pepper
1 english cucumber
1 handful of chopped cilantro
5-6 fresh basil leaves
1 handful of chopped scallions (or red onion)
3 garlic cloves
1/4 olive oil
1/4 cup of white wine vinegar
juice of 1 lemon
salt, pepper

(optional stuffs: tabasco sauce, other fresh herbs, avocados, parsley)

Half the pepper and half the cucumber are finely chopped and set aside in a large bowl.…


Project: Tomato

Disclaimer: I am a humungous gardening noob.  Feel free to point and laugh, but please keep in mind i ain’t no expert.

Cherries and Roma Tomatoes seeded in the last week of April:

The seed beds are recycled containers with holes cut out on the bottom for drainage.…


The Backyard Clean-Up

The plan:

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my backyard lately, and a bit in the front. This is what I’ve accomplished so far:

  • manually removed wild violets and other weeds from half the lawn
  • turned, tilled, raked the soil, amended it with gardening soil
  • plotted out where the veggie patches will end up
  • aerated and mowed the remaining grass in the backyard
  • mowed the grass in the front yard
  • cleaned up the front garden and weeded a little
  • seeded lawn with an eco-friendly type of grass (needs little watering)
  • overseeded the remaining lawn with same grass
  • more weeding!


Operation: Scorched earth.

They seem sweet and pretty and innocent. Actually, right now they’re my enemy. At least one of them. These wild violets are one of the new unwanted invaders to my back yard. They crept in over the years and this spring it looks like they’ve taken almost half the yard.…