Hello! It's been a long time since I have written, but I am back, and ready to share some really cool stuff I discovered this past year, and will continue to explore! This Spring Andrea and I moved to Gowanus, Brooklyn, and where we are is truly a crafters dream. A short walk from us is Brooklyn Glass, BKLYN Clay and Textile Arts Center. Plus the actual Hazel Village- maker of the cutest plush animals out there. The apartment also came with a backyard, and we embarked on one of the most exciting adventures I have had to date- we made a vegetable garden!
The farmer's market in Borough Hall Brooklyn had a very large variety of herbs and vegetable plants, and I would visit them often, deciding which 16 plants we would be putting in our raised bed and various pots around the yard.
Andrea built a raised bed next to our downstairs neighbor, Laren's already existing bed.
We got down to business with Laren and her super cute dog Tiger.
(Who knew that Loews allows dogs?) We filled the bed with an insane
amount of soil and even picked up some vermacompost from
The Big Reuse and mixed it in. We planted all the plants I purchased at the farmer's market (mostly tomatoes) and put the stakes in so as not to disturb the roots later.
And grow it did! Well, most of it. We purchased quite a few plants from Loews that didn't end up faring too well. Laren suggested it may be the peat pots they are in, which you plant directly into the soil, or it may be that the quality was not quite up to the standards of the farmer's market plants. Either way, now that we are all set up, I will definitely
make an earlier trip to the farmer's market next year. We ended up with so
manytomato plants mostly because that was all they had left.
As the plants got much larger and began producing fruit, we tied them to the
stakes using cut nylon fabric, which is nice and stretchy for the plants to grow
(again thank you Laren for the fabric as well as the information!)
Unfortunately, this year hasn't been the greatest for tomatoes.
There has been quite a bit of rain, and the tomatoes are staying on the vine, unripe.
Next week I will share my simple and delicious recipe for fried green tomatoes and
homemade buttermilk ranch dressing. Absolute heaven.
We did get a few ripe ones, including this beautiful monster below that I
picked a bit too early, but wanted to enjoy before we took our vacation
to Boulder CO at the end of August.
The night before we left we had a yummy dinner of burrata, smoked salmon, fresh basil, the mountain spring tomato above and a black prince tomato, all from the garden. We ripped some pieces from a baguette to complete the meal. So simple and delicious!