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Growing Vegetables

Growing up as a child I helped my grandparents tend to the garden. I learned how to plant, weed and preserve the summer’s bounty. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I truly appreciated the knowledge I gained from that experience. Come follow me to my garden as I share my bounty with you. 

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Sometimes life gets so busy I can become preoccupied and blind to the subtle beauty around me. But, not today. Today nature grabbed my pant leg and nudged me to pause. To look. To really look and take notice. 

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I love to garden. There is something about gardening that balances me—from the initial planting of the seeds to the harvesting of the crops, and I don't even mind a little weeding required in between. I take immense pride in my garden and each year I try to out do the last. This past spring was extra exciting for me. I grew seedlings inside my makeshift greenhouse (my studio), made my own seed pots—even crushed my own eggshells to add calcium to my tomato plants. This year was to be my best garden ever! All was going well until we heard the news of Jack's surgery.

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What do eggs and tomatoes have in common? Other than you can create a plethora of recipes with the dynamic duo, eggshells can actually provide much needed calcium for those coveted and eagerly anticipated garden tomatoes. There is something about the first ripe tomato of the season—just thinking about it makes me salivate in an unlady-like way.  

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In preparation for My Art Studio Gets Her Groove Back project I removed more than half my studio contents: photographs, photography equipment, drawing desk, the elliptical machine—hey a girl's got to get her exercise—and miscellaneous stuff that I have no idea why it was even in my studio in the first place. I confess, I am a bit of a messaholic. Jack would say I was a BIG messaholic. I call it creative chaos, he calls it "be a now person and put things where they belong." What can I say—tomato, tomaaaato. 

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