tomatoes: Can you really outwit a squirrel? - 11/26/12 05:13 AM
How big is this squirrel nest? Too big! These tomato snatchers are getting ready for the winter but they will be ready to rob me come tomato time. Many of you know that I have had a continuous battle with the Eastern Gray squirrel here in Lexington.
I have two huge Pin Oak trees in my front yard and various other trees in my back yard. Most of my neighbors have trees. The Eastern Gray Squirrel loves our neighborhood. Now I am not about to get rid of my trees. However I think I may have the biggest squirrel nests in … (3 comments)

tomatoes: Garden report, DE is working and 18 inch cucumbers. - 06/27/11 06:44 AM
Hi Gardening Friends, Mostly I want to share this video with you and give you an update on what is happening in the garden. I harvested two Shantung Suyo cucumbers this weekend that were 18 inches long.  This is one of the few hybrid seeds I grow.  I stumbled upon the seed at Fedco a few years ago.  It is never bitter, grows rapidly and taste so sweet that I cannot resist it even though it is a hybrid. Just a note about diatomaceous earth (DE) and how it is helping control those awful borers.  I have lost one cucumber to … (2 comments)

tomatoes: Lovely 5 year old home priced to sell in North Lexington, $156,777. - 07/09/10 12:45 PM
Visit or for listing information.  MLS number 1014904
An exceptional home, a terrific vegetable garden and near bike trails and Lexington's largest park.  Hurry to see this home.  Just driving by  you cannot help but notice this home is cared for, this home is loved and this home is ready to move into right now.   One hundred fifty six thousand and seven hundred and seventy seven dollars is not like the other prices in this neighborhood.  This is more house for less price than most and it is in move in condition.   The home is over 1700 … (1 comments)

tomatoes: My Favorite Places to Order Seeds - 01/09/10 11:42 AM
 Sitting at the kitchen table while the snowflakes are swirling and browsing the seed catalogues while sipping a cup of chai tea and dreaming of warmer days ahead is gives me great joy.Just a couple of comments about where I like to buy seeds.  VeggiesMy first choice for veggies is Fedcoseeds in Maine. Fedco is easy to order from on line but their search engine sometimes isn't that reliable.  They have a great catalogue that you can order and I suggest you order it from their web site.  The catalogue is black and white but what makes the catalogue a good … (15 comments)

tomatoes: Another Tantalizing Recipe - 09/16/09 09:57 AM
Civilization and gardens
            During World War II Americans turned their yards (and sometimes roof gardens) into vegetable gardens so that they could ease the strain on the food supply. These were called Victory Gardens.   In 1944 about 40% of all the vegetables being consumed in the US were grown in Victory Gardens.  The food certainly aided the war effort, but it also boosted the morale of the people who didn’t themselves actively go to war.  The gardens promoted civilization, if you will.
            Last month I dragged Kathy to the Arboretum for the monthly meeting of gardeners.  It was … (6 comments)

tomatoes: Visiting with Farmers at the Market - 08/13/09 02:49 PM
Today I visited the Farmer's Market at the corner of Maxwell and Broadway. That market is open Tuesdays and Thursday.  The 7:00 start time is great because there is so much parking available and the produce is so fresh.  
Watching people stroll rapidly to the market with their tote bags gave me such pleasure.  I imagined the good smells coming from their kitchens this evening and the enjoyment their family and friends would have sharing such healthy food.
I only had about an hour this morning and visited with three different vendors.  I felt rushed even then.I was especially intrigued … (2 comments)

tomatoes: Gardening and Friendships - 07/18/09 01:48 AM

Gardens Open Doors to Friendship Growing a garden gives one so many opportunities to begin building relationships.  One of my neighbor and I for a myriad of reasons were just not connecting. He  is diligent about keeping his yard very neat.  So while he was outside the other night I went over and immediately asked him if he liked tomatoes.  I had just given all my tomatoes away to another neighbor so I hesitated just asking him but the time was opportune.  

The next day I saw him in the yard greeting his wife as she came home … (0 comments)

tomatoes: Superlative Summer Recipe - 07/05/09 10:33 AM
Summer Recipes to Live For

My wife Kathy is a remarkable woman and one of her many talent is cooking.  We just had one of  my favorite summer treats made with fresh heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil.  Too bad I didn't make the cheese.

Try It,  You Will Like It!

Basil Tomato Tart

 1 unbaked pie crust
1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese OR
       1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/2 c. crumbled feta cheese
4 or 5 tomatoes
1 c. loosely packed basil leaves
4 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/4 … (2 comments)

tomatoes: Snail mail woes. Yes, we were that stupid! - 08/04/08 01:30 PM
My wife Kathy is an excellent writer and she enjoys buying nice stationary and mailing notes to family and friends.  This morning she spent a  couple of  hours writing notes to a friend dying of cancer,  a note to our youngest daughter and notes to great grandmothers with pictures of our beautiful grandson.
Since we can see the mailbox from our home and we were going to be home all day she mailed the cards using our mailbox and put up the flag.  A few minutes after mailing the cards a couple of teens stole the mail while my wife was … (14 comments)

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