polenta cakes with crispy onions; tastiest dwarf tomatoes for pots; how i start seeds
pantry polenta cakes with crispy onions


The world is uneasy, but the garden just marches on. The peas are poking through, and I transplanted my shallot seedlings into the garden (hope it wasn't hasty, but I'm out of room inside). I'm sowing tomatoes indoors, raking up debris like mad, and wondering when the long underwear will no longer be de rigueur. The blessedly peaceful news from my backyard at midweek:


pantry lunch: polenta cakes with goodies

We were scheduled to be gardening Friday, but even my trusty helper Susan and I were not in the mood, thanks to 30's F and sleet. Let's cook while we wait, we said -- but what do we have to work with? Our pantry lunch: crispy polenta cakes that incorporated on-hand onions, carrots, garlic and bleu cheese. Delicious, easy, yet special enough for company (not just two chilled gardeners happily avoiding their chores). The recipe.


broccoli seedlings sunning themselves  

works for me: how i start my seed, in photos

No greenhouse, a tiny house, and various other obstacles notwithstanding, I'm madly coaxing along one crop after another of seedlings over here. Want a little tour in photos of how to start seed indoors (well, at least Margaret's improvised method, that includes some outdoor steps, too)?


Hahms Gelbe dwarf tomato from You Grow Girl

tomatoes in pots: tasty dwarf types

Perfect! My friend Gayla (You Grow Girl) is publicly blaming me that she's about to be overrun by giant Nicotiana in her smaller garden, and I'm in turn holding her to task for the fact that I am suddenly obsessed with growing dwarf tomatoes in pots in my bigger one.  (At least we're keeping all our finger-pointing in one botanical family: the seductive Solanaceae.) Seriously, though: Thanks to the unusual tomato seeds she sent, along with growing advice, I'm starting some new-to-me container-sized tomatoes. The story (and a podcast). 

Margaret Roach
A Way to Garden

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P.S. -- I hope you're coming to visit when garden Open Days start May 11. Reserve your spot for an organic backyard fruit-growing lecture by expert Lee Reich that day, too...and learn about the giant plant sale.
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