Food Processor Pesto (Pesto!)

by Tony Goins on November 29, 2011

We did have some pretty good luck with basil this year, so you know what that means: Pesto!

The recipe I used was basically this Basil Pesto Recipe, except I used walnuts. Here it is going into the food processor:

And here’s the finished product:

Good stuff. Too bad I got this bounty right after I started dieting, and could no longer do pasta.


Chasing That Perfect Melon.

by Tony Goins on November 29, 2011

I have never had any luck with melons, except for that one time.

One year, a friend of ours gave us a melon plant, and it grew like crazy. We got one good melon off of it, and it was the best thing I’d ever tasted. I grew up with mealy melons in cafeteria fruit salads, so I had no idea melon could taste good.

None of the other melons from that plant made it to fruition, and neither have any other melons I’ve ever had.

That didn’t stop me from trying again this year, but again, it was a comedy of errors. They started out as you see here, then got covered with these weird veins. After a few trips to the grocery store to compare, I determined that’s what they’re supposed to do.

The first few we had went rotten, then we read you should put them up on egg cartons or straw. That helped, but none of them quite made it.

I’ll try it again next year. My theory is I planted them too late, and they didn’t get enough sunshine. And here’s hoping I get back to that original first melon.



Floribunda Rose, won’t you come out tonight?

July 14, 2011

“When I was in the boy scouts, I got a merit badge for planting floribunda roses. Then, when I got to Ohio State, I spent years getting rid of the things.” – garden-savvy neighbor. When we moved into our new house, one of the dominating features was the giant floribunda rose bush in the side […]

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Getting good soil

June 28, 2011

I was mixing up the soil for my raised beds, and the Neighbor Lady stopped me. “You need some peat moss,” she said, and went to get me a scoop of it. The raised beds were already a mixture of topsoil, composted manure and potting soil, so I wondered if the peat was just gilding […]

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More raised beds

June 21, 2011

Not to show up my dear third-cousin-in-law/coworker Tony, but my raised beds have been going for a few months, so I thought I’d share them with all of you. Behold! I have a near-comprehensive list of what is planted here.

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Raised beds are go!

June 17, 2011 – now with 200 percent more gardening! I finally got a chance to get my raised beds in the ground the other day. I chose raised beds for two reasons: 1) I read “Square Foot Gardening” over the winter by Mel Bartholomew, and he’s a big proponent of the raised garden. You can control […]

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Purple basil – amethyst

June 10, 2011

For someone who runs a site called, I haven’t been doing a heck of a lot of gardening. But we’re moved into the new house, and that should start back up this weekend. But just to fill my green thumb jones, I got a couple of basil seedlings from a pop-up garden shop in […]

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Everlasting mint

May 10, 2011

J and I had been dating about a year when I snuck into her back yard with an armload of mint. It had come from my Mom’s garden, and I planted it under cover of darkness. That wouldn’t say “love” to every girl, but in our case it worked. We got married two years ago. […]

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Seeds and seedling problems

April 26, 2011

Hello. Hopefully by now many have already started some of their items for their gardens. And hopefully soon we all can get outside to start getting the gardens ready. That is if this rain will ever stop. I get a lot of calls and letters at work on seeds and seedlings problems why they are […]

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Compost confessions

April 15, 2011

This here is a picture of my compost pile. Not much to look at, huh? I admit, I did not know what I was doing when I set it up. It is four pallets nailed together, sitting on top of a fifth pallet. It definitely gets airflow, but I believe it needs a cover in […]

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