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Art and Gardening

Sketch and watercolor to know your hidden garden. To know a plant is more than delving into its scientific aspects.  Sketching in the garden allows for knowing a plant on a more personal level, better even than taking a picture with a camera.  
     As has been said, "I sketch what I want to remember, but photograph what will be forgotten."  For centuries, gardeners have found that watercolor painting has led them ever deeper into the beauty and mystery of their backyard retreats.  What, never sketched in the garden before? 
 Beginners, watch this short video 

1960s California hippy maintains inspirational nature photography "Nature’s beauty can be easily missed -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast,
serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day."  Watch short video . .  


 


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Drowning In Tomatoes? Try Something Different This Year.

 

If you’re a home gardener about to drowned in tomatoes rolling in off the vines and demanding to be consumed before they go bad, hang on. Here comes a life preserver.


I chop up a small bowlful of fresh very ripe tomatoes, add chopped red onion or scallions, minced garlic, chopped fresh basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.  I sometimes add Kalamata olives. I make this dish in the morning and let it set on the kitchen table all day. By evening meal time, the flavors have melded nicely, and I serve it over hot cooked spaghetti noodles and top it with fresh grated parmesan for an easy meal on a hot summer day.


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