This is the story of our adventures -- every day and extraordinary; our dreams -- tiny and grand; our gardens -- ornamental and sustaining; this is the story of our journey.  We are a family of four living a mindful, simple life here in Los Angeles County.  We are green, conscious, and forward thinking.  We keep an eye on the past because some of the best things have already been done and bear repeating.  Walk and talk with us, have a glass of wine, taste a peach or a tomato, blow some bubbles and watch them drift up over the canyon ridge.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Peaches, Peppers, Popcorn Hair!

Another two weeks away from the garden and we came home to a tomato jungle!

I did some work tonight, after the world cooled down, to tame the wilderness, that is making it impossible to harvest the onions and carrots that are hiding below!
Tamed on the right, still wild on the left!
There are HUNDREDS of fruit waiting to ripen!

A market perfect onion!  We dug two like this today -- the other was actually larger.
And peaches.  Gregg picked one today and we shared it in the afternoon sun, warm juice running down our chins.

I never knew onion blossoms were so beautiful!

And how about popcorn silk?  It would make a nice wig!

I love these peppers -- they are Renee's Garden, Pizza My Heart.  Amazing flavor.  I never liked a raw pepper until I ate these...

A lavender explosion!
This is the popcorn, which looks better than the regular corn...
Something ate all the silks...
But the tassels are pretty!
Hanging tomatoes, flowers, and basil.

Today we also harvested half a dozen gorgeous heirloom tomatoes -- red with green stripes!  And a colander of green beans.  And two broccoli crowns.  And a dozen carrots!  And three of those wonderful peppers.  For lunch I ate the tomatoes and peppers with fresh picked basil, fresh mozz, olive oil and sea salt.  The girls stole half my lunch!  And ate all the carrots as an afternoon snack.  Oh, and how could I almost forget -- we had an onion chopped up raw in our steak tacos for dinner. OMG, it was heavenly -- no bite, sweet as an apple.  I made a taco with just tomato, onion, and cilantro!  

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