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The fine art of a small garden (or how to convince my husband we need a smaller garden because there

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Forgive the long title....Ok so apparently my husband thinks that for two people you need to plant 60 (yes you read that correctly) tomato plants and 36 (yep again you read that right) pepper plants. Of course I always laugh because he doesn't like to give too much of it away so consequently that means that I'm stuck in front of a hot stove canning come the fall. (however I do give a big chunk of it away to family such as my Gram A and my parents)

Last year we bought 120 (no that's not a lie) pepper and tomato plants and consequently that meant quite a bit of canning that I had to do. So you'd think that he would say we'll hold off on gardening this year...ahhhhhh no that is just not a word that he has in his vocabulary. or if he does he doesn't know how to say no to anything (other than me). Don't get me wrong I love farm fresh tomatoes and peppers as well as cucumbers. They are just a million times tastier than store bought ones. (and I know what's going in them....)

This year we signed up to do the Tomato Royale Festivale in Virginia (it's usually done in Spain) it's where farmers gather all the excess tomatoes and have a free for all throw with them... wasteful? probably but I think if all you had seen for about 2 months of non-stop canning you might not see it quite that way.. after all you can only make so much tomato sauce, soup, juice, product before you start to just develop a feeling of sheer blahness towards the poor tomato. So this year I'll be able to actually participate in a "food fight" that is all about tomatoes and have a jolly good time doing so.

I'll be sure to post some pictures of it and of course of our garden as well because as I said you'd think we live in Texas because as my cousin S would say.. in Texas baby we don't do much small.
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LINOVER 5/19/2013 9:34PM

    We rarely plant more than 4-6 tomato plants and maybe one pepper plant, one cucumber and one squash plant. That is more than enough for the two of us! I haven't canned anything for over 3o years. Good luck with your big garden!

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