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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Harvesting Raspberries and Tomatoes After the Rains

In the garden, I'm growing 8 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. The tomatoes that are ready by the handful each day is the Juliette variety. They are prolific and delicious with fresh sea salt tossed with minced garlic, olive oil, and lemon. For an added twist, I added basil flowers to the mix and the result was amazing - just enough pow to brighten the tomatoes.

Years ago, we planted a raspberry plant. It would produce three or four berries. Now this plant has spread (almost wildly) all over the floor of one of the gardens. Since handfuls of berries comes as a result, the rambling raspberry is very much tolerated.

Also ready to harvest: lavender flowers! They are gorgeous. Speaking of lavender flowers, the annual lavender festival at Heron's Nest Herb Farm in Blanco, Tx is this coming weekend. Many herbalists and other plant lovers will be there. Included in the event line up is a 10k women's run, culinary artists, music, herb products for your body and home, and lots and lots of lavender and echinacea to buy. For more information you can view their website at: www.heronsnestherbfarm.com

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