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Your garden, your story

Your garden, your story

When I go on vacation, I usually return home with fewer than a dozen photos. It’s not that I don’t like photos, it’s that in the moment, I’m too busy enjoying the experience to be bothered by snapping photos. If I’m standing barefoot in the wet, cold sand of Pfeiffer Beach in January and the […]

June 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
10 Fall Crops to Grow Now

10 Fall Crops to Grow Now

I have mixed feelings about late summer. I wait all winter for spring because I love getting my hands in the soil and harvesting the first fresh food of the year. All summer, I work constantly to keep up with harvesting food, cooking  or preserving it and making sure it doesn’t go to waste. Now as […]

August 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Perfect Lawn and Why You Should Ditch It

The Perfect Lawn and Why You Should Ditch It

Walking Lucy the other day was an exercise in patience at a time when I had little. I was on the first week of my new job where I am very fortunate to work right at home. During my lunch break, I wanted to enjoy at least some outdoor time with my girl, but I […]

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Can Growing Food Save You Money?

Can Growing Food Save You Money?

During the spring of 2014, my first year with the Tomato Envy garden, one of our most successful crops was lettuce. A crisp organically-grown green salad was part of almost every dinner. The Prez joked that every one of those salads cost about $50. Being in the banking business, he’s always pulling out the calculator to […]

January 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
2015 Vegetable Garden Lessons Learned

2015 Vegetable Garden Lessons Learned

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow! This sentiment rings true in the Tomato Envy garden since our yard gets closer each year to being the edible landscape I envisioned long ago. I’ve dreamed, visualized, planned and planted to get where I am today, but there are always new garden lessons to be […]

October 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Tons of Tomatoes!

Tons of Tomatoes!

Tomato season is well underway! How are your plants doing…lots of tomatoes? Me too. Here’s an update on what’s going on in the Tomato Envy garden, specifically with tomatoes. I really want you guys to gander a guess at how many tomatoes, total, I’m going to harvest through September 30, 2015. My annual Guess My […]

August 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Tips for Curing and Storing Garlic

Tips for Curing and Storing Garlic

In addition to my fun gig creating Tomato Envy in my spare time, I have a “day job” that demands a lot of my time and energy. I work for a medical device company on Long Island and I travel there often to work with my marketing colleagues in the office. Having grown up in the heart of the […]

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Time for Tomatoes! Tomato Season Kick-Off

Time for Tomatoes! Tomato Season Kick-Off

Ever since the dead of March when I started these itty-bitty seeds in my dreary basement, I’ve had visions of overflowing garden hods full of colorful, luscious tomatoes. And now my dreams are closer to becoming reality because it’s time to get my rather large seedlings in the ground! Tomatoes are one of my favorite […]

May 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
It’s True! Gardening Makes You Happy

It’s True! Gardening Makes You Happy

I’ve always called my garden my “happy place.” When the garden’s in full swing, it’s the first place I want to go each morning. I take a stroll through with a cup of coffee and see what’s coming up, marvel at the hummingbirds coming to visit the feeders and the flowers, and get centered for […]

May 1, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
How to Harden Off Seedlings

How to Harden Off Seedlings

From the moment one of my vegetable seeds cracks open to reveal that brand-spankin’-new bright green stem, I am in love. The seedlings I grow in my basement are like family – family that gives back in the form of food. These seedlings are coddled for weeks in the best environment I can create in […]

April 15, 2015 | By | Reply More