March 23rd

Remember how I mentioned I wanted tomato teepees, thanks to Organic Gardening?

Tomato Teepees

Voila. Yet another project the African successfully took on. These plants have responded to a little TLC with fury. They have grown so much since this photo, taken just a few days ago.


And there is a bit of landscaping prep happening for the upcoming garden party. I love marigolds — the way they smell and that they keep bugs away. I also admire their bright, unapologetic brashness. (And on a practical note, if I keep these watered, they’ll thrive in the Arizona heat.)

Also, by chance anyone from Organic Gardening happens to catch wind of this post — your magazine is fabulous. I truly enjoy it and cut out pages and pages of idea from the latest and then gave the skeleton to a friend to enjoy. However, poly-bagging your magazine? YOU ARE CALLED ORGANIC GARDENING! Really, a ridiculous disappointment.


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7 Responses

  1. How exciting that you are out in the garden! It looks like those teepees are going to be getting a workout soon too! You are going to be overrun with tomatoes in now time at all. πŸ™‚

    Marigolds rule!

  2. My copy of OG doesn’t come in a poly bag. I wonder why yours does. Hmmm.

  3. Cute! I’ve never grown tomatoes with teepees, but I’m excited to see how it works. Meanwhile, I’m glad to hear someone loves marigolds. I mean, yes, I grow them for their bug-repelling attributes, but I like to think they keep the bugs away because they find marigolds as heinous as I do.


  4. Marigolds keep bugs away? I didn’t know that…

  5. I love marigolds because they are so DANG easy to grow! And they give you an abundance of seeds for year after of easy, bug repelling flowers. πŸ™‚

    Nice teepees!

  6. Kel,
    I have been off the grid this week. Didn’t realize how much I miss your articles. Glad to be back and catching up on all your great writing.

  7. You can’t get thriftier than roses, but i think Marigolds are still a great choice.