Love and Olive Oil

Weekend Update

Thought you would all want a little garden update, considering the last time I posted these pots were still empty and the itty bitty seedlings were still in the shower. My how they grow up so quickly!

I’d also like to thank our neighbor for his lovely (and gigantic) palm tree. Gives our space a nice tropical feel. :)

Our tomato plants are over 3 feet tall, and seem to be doing pretty well. The basil has exploded (both pots, we planted more because we didn’t feel the two little plants were going to be enough. That was before they decided to go crazy). Our hot purple pepper (called Black Hungarian – sounds scary) even has a few beautiful purple flowers on it, which means peppers aren’t too far away!

We also have a handful of baby green zebra tomatoes, and lots of flowers. Unfortunately one of these guys fell victim to some blossom end rot (apparently my over-zealous watering washed away the nutrients, oops). But we have 4 or 5 more that are still looking good. I’m learning as I go.

Miss Martha's Ice Cream Crankin Weekend event alert! It’s going to be a hot one, why not cool down with some ice cream? Make that all over 500 gallons of homemade ice cream just waiting to be sampled. I’m so there. The “Best in Show” award will be selected by a panel of local celebrity judges and will be produced by Purity in it’s 2011 flavor lineup. I’ve made so much ice cream myself in the past few weeks, it’ll be nice to let someone else do the work for a change. That and give me time to use up all these darn egg whites (4 down – 10 more to go).

This Sunday, June 13th, marks the 25th annual Crankin’. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Martha O’Bryan Center, a creative activist ministry which serves the poorest neighborhoods in East Nashville to help adults in poverty transform their lives through work, education, employment, and fellowship. Eating ice cream sounds like the easiest and most (ful)filling ways to help out a great cause.

There is still time to buy tickets in advance (only $10!) or only $13 on the day of the event. Ice cream will be served from 4-6pm at the First First Presbyterian Church on Franklin Pike, with music starting at 3pm. Contact the Martha O’Byran Center to purchase tickets or see a list of where tickets can be purchased locally.

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  1. Your Garden is GREAT!!

  2. Wait, what is what? I have a small “fire escape” garden in NYC and I want to make sure I’m potting in the right sizes. I have mint, rosemary, basil, dill and oregano. I just re-potted my rosemary to a larger pot (know it gets insane); oregano and mint are in 10″ pots and dill and basil are sharing a long 6-8″ deep pot. Thoughts? I’m really excited :)

    • I am by no means an expert here, this is our first year doing this. The largest plants in the pots above are the tomatoes, and then the green beans take the next biggest pot. Herbs are more flexible, and will generally grow to the size of the pot they are in. One of our basils is definitely getting a bit too big for the pot, we may transplant it into something larger.

      Good luck!

  3. Hi! How lovely! Who says you have to have acres to plant a garden. I love, love, love this! You are inspiring me because I have a small patio which gets only 1/2 of the light you get. I have been cultivating herbs since the spring of which I am very proud. Maybe I will give tomatoes a try. Yesterday when I was picking a few leaves to make something, one of my basil plants fell off the patio ledge into my neighbor’s holly bush. Ooops! Good thing it was on the hedge and not on somebody’s poor head.

  4. what a great patio garden! very enviable. looks like it’ll be prolific this summer.



  5. Yay gardening! One day, I will grow my own veggies, fruits & herbs.

    I have an egg white idea that is really yummy- marshmallows! I made these ones a little while ago, and they were awesome:
    a very lovely raspberry flavor, and they just melt in your mouth. yum yum yum!
    If you need to get rid of a lot of egg whites in a hurry, you could always make angel food cake! That uses 10-11 typically.

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