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My Container Garden

Good evening, all!  I was relaxing on the deck after work today, and I thought that I would share some pictures of my little garden with y ou.  As usual, I’m mostly growing herbs, but I’m also trying tomatoes and hot peppers this year – in Topsy Turvy planters!   I planted a tomato plant in the Topsy Turvy, and another in a regular container.  Funny thing -My Topsy Turvy tomato already has flowers on it, but not the container tomatos!  So it’s a bit of an experiment, but so far the Topsy Turvy is winning :)I also have a lovely grouping of container plants on the patio – some cute little red flowers (I forget the name), my Bay tree (who is very happy to be outside) and a couple of Spiralis plants.  The Spiralis plants are my favorites, just because they’re all boingy and fun.

I’ve attached some photos for your enjoyment!  I’ll do a seperate post to talk about my CSA this year, just so this one doesn’t get too long.

Melissa

Topsy Turvy tomatoes! (Alright, soon to be tomatos)

The Spiralis plants are in the terracotta pots – very cool looking plants!

My Topsy Turvy pepper plant – jalepenos, habenaros and thai chillis!

Flowers on the pepper plant!

And my herb “garden”! Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Sage, Garlic Chives and Mint.

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Egg Salad on Toast

Nothing too special about egg salad on toast, but it is the kind of food that can be counted upon if it’s made well. My ingredients were local (and personal), so it tasted good and also felt good to make, which is what I actually, very much needed. And for those reasons, it might have been the best thing I’ve eaten all summer. I’m not sure anyone needs a recipe for egg salad, but this is what to do just in case:

Just barely hard boil four free-range eggs from Black Dog Acres, then peel and chop.

Mix with one rib of celery (diced), one small jalapeno pepper (seeded and diced) and one quarter of a small red onion (shaved). All from farmer Bernie.

Stir in one or two generous tablespoons of  mayonnaise (just make your own like this or this with more of the trustworthy eggs). Add dashes of kosher salt, black pepper, and good amazing paprika (but only if you are lucky enough to have a friend who will wait patiently while you smell every paprika twice before you find the perfect one).

Pile half of the salad on a thick slice of crunchy toast (save the other half for your better half). Add chopped herbs from my garden, a sliced tomato from my mother’s. Add a little more Spanish paprika (in honor of the Spaniard who baked the bread).