No space is too small to enjoy the pleasure of homegrown somethings sometimes.

Month: September, 2017

Approaching ripeness

cuoredibue_1tomatoes_2cuoredibue_3cuoredibue_4That which was seeds at the beginning of spring is a ripe delicious fruit at the beginning of fall. But when I look through the photos of the tomatoes’ ripening process I have to admit that most of the excitement takes place along the way.


Wednesday flowers, better together

togetherOn our table right now: an unlikely pair of pink and white.

One chili pepper for cooking

chili pepper_0917This chili pepper, which for some reason remained the only fruit on the plant, has just been harvested and turned into delicious dinner. We opted for this (highly recommendable) dish (minus the meat) and it was great as usual. At one point I still had to think: it takes so long to grow the chili pepper and it is being eaten so quickly.

Tidying up

tidying upGiven that I grow mostly vegetables or herbs in small pots, there is not much need to prune my plants. Yet, from time to time and mostly when first yellow leaves and withered flowers indicate weaker parts ofthe plants, I make a little round with my scissors or thumb and finger. Above is today’s result.


IMG_1378Last year in Italy, we bought tomatoes cuore di bue on the market, turned them into a sauce that we spilled over fresh pasta – and when we ate, some of their seeds were already tucked away to be taken home and sowed out at the beginning of the new season. And here we are at the end of it. Although the plant is too big for my balcony, I came regularly fo a visit and I am glad it not only developed three tomatoes, but that these even start to ripen.

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