For those who are keeping track, yes, it's been over a month since I last posted here on the garden blog. If it wasn't totally obvious from the fact I was last writing about May Day and we're just two weeks from the summer solstice, I would be able to tell because of my tomato plants. As you can see, they look nothing like the tomato seedlings in my last post. Not only are they almost reaching the top of the six-foot bamboo polls I bought to support them (which are working like a charm, in case you've ever thought about using them) but two already have a number of small green tomatoes getting their start in life. If you look closely in the photo below (taken last Saturday, June 4), you can see the little baby tomatoes on the Purple Russian.
Part of the reason for my absence from the blog (but not, I will point out, from my garden, which has been getting more attention from me this spring than last) is all the travel I did in May, starting at the Pierre in New York City, traveling through Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs and Marys Lake Lodge in Estes Park, and ending at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. On the surface, they may not have much in common but at each stop I found people making a conscious effort to either grow their own food or get that food from local organic sources.
There is no place that does that better than Esalen Institute. Their gardens are quite simply spectacular and provide not only a feast for the eyes but one for the belly as well. I was there to take a workshop called The Land of Milk and Honey, where we learned how to make bread, cheese and honey (and really, does anything go better with fresh produce than bread, cheese and honey?). It was a wonderful reminder of the importance of the simpler things in life, whether it's making your own sourdough (which I can do now that I have my very own starter!) or coming home to find a number of baby tomatoes making their way in the world.