Scenes from the Garden. And ARTICHOKES!

April 25, 2013
Agritopia Community Garden

My mom called yesterday to tell me I needed to go harvest some artichokes.  I hadn’t been to the garden in a couple weeks, so the kids and I headed over.  Coach Bob was standing guard, and everything looked beautiful in the cloudy sunset. We harvested four artichokes that are destined to drown in garlic […]

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Thanksgiving and Fun on the Farm

November 24, 2012
Thanksgiving and Fun on the Farm from

How was your Thanksgiving?  Did you eat too much turkey?  I definitely ate too many brussels sprouts, but I just couldn’t help myself.  Our family had a nice quiet day with my parents.  My dad cooked a ginormous turkey that we are still eating.  He also made pumpkin risotto (oh my goodness) and cranberry ice. […]

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Saturday in the Garden

September 23, 2012
Basil in a watering can

We had planned to meet my parents at our new Agritopia Community Garden plot bright and early Saturday morning to plant the shipment of heirloom seeds that arrived earlier in the week.  The bright and early part of the plan went out the window when we had to keep the kids up extra late on […]

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Saturday in the garden

September 15, 2012

We spent this morning setting up our new plot at the Agritopia Community Garden.  My parents were on the waiting list for over a year, and we are finally in!  We get a 20′ x 20′ plot and plan to plant and harvest all year round.  Today we got the irrigation system set up, planted […]

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Our first Juliet

April 29, 2012

Remember the pretty plants I got from the farmer’s market last month?  Well, they are growing nicely, and we were able to harvest our first Juliet tomato yesterday. Juliets are like grape tomatoes, small, long and deliciously sweet.  They grown in clusters, but this one was all alone because of eager little hands that picked […]

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Fun at the farmer’s market

March 18, 2012
gilbert farmers market

We finally made it over to the Gilbert Farmer’s Market yesterday morning.  It was a perfect day to check out the local food scene and chat with farmers and artisans. We made a quick loop around to see who was there.  We saw everything from organic produce and fresh eggs to handmade pasta and artisan […]

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An Unwelcomed Visitor

August 8, 2010

I have been wondering why I haven’t seen any tomatillos yet in our garden. I think I found the reason yesterday.  This guy was huge!  And happily munching away on tomatillo buds.  He had a super-strong grip, but I got him off my dad got him off the plant.  If you look close, you can […]

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This Is How Our Garden Grows

August 4, 2010

Our garden is really taking off!  I am constantly amazed at how fast things grow.  Check out these Costa Rican Red Sweet Peppers:  July 12th July 20th August 2nd Now we just have to wait for them to turn red so we can eat them! Our cucumber plant has been busy growing as well. On […]

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Stretching Towards the Sun

July 21, 2010

Friday, we planted a row of sunflower seeds. By Sunday, they were already poking their little heads out of the ground. We water the seeds and watch them grow. By Tuesday, most of the plants had shed their shells and completely opened up. Some are still waiting to be completely released so they can stretch […]

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A Garden Update

June 25, 2010

A little over a month has gone by since I planted my garden. Some plants have taken off and are growing like crazy and a few have withered in the heat. I wanted to share some before and after photos with you. You can see that everything looks bigger except for the strawberries.  Between our […]

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