tomatoes and other greenhouse ramblings

Abby here…
I have a problem.  A good problem in which my greenhouse is in full bloom and it may snow tomorrow  and there is a ton of harvesting to do! I dread it.  Not really, but kind of.  Finding the time to get out there with two kids who want to “help” is hard.  If someone would just come watch my kids for an afternoon and leave me be out there… I would really appreciate it! 🙂
Don’t be fooled by those beautiful cabbage leaves pictured above.  Aphids and cabbage moths moved in overnight and completely ruined my dreams of fermenting my own grown cabbage… URGG!  That being said, there are ALOT of tomatoes and basil and parsley and peppers and potatoes out there, and those babies need to be picked!
Which leads me these tomatoes.
Tons of beautiful, organically grown, non-GMO ripe-red tomatoes.  We have cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes and several heirloom varieties.   Last year our tomatoes decided it would be nice to all turn red at the exact same time.  When we harvested them they got boiled, peeled and frozen.  While I am was thankful for a deep freezer packed with tomatoes, I found myself uninspired and not really knowing or wanting to use the tomatoes.
So I knew I wanted things to be different this year.  I have decided to go ahead and make the things I will use the tomatoes for and then freeze that.  I think this will make it much more convenient to use my tomatoes this winter.I love salsa and my family loves tomato sauce.  You can search the internet for thousands of ways to make scrumptious versions of both.  When is comes to recipes, here at o’mamas we like to keep cooking simple.  Simple and good.  Jeanne harvested her tomatoes and made 10 quarts of her favorite tomato sauce and I’m thinking about freezing buckets of my homemade salsa.
So what about you?  What do you do with all your tomatoes??

an ode to garlic


Garlic Garlic Bo Barlic

Banana Fanna Fo Farlic

Me My Mo Marlic


Okay … so … not a great homage to one of the most beloved root vegetables (sometimes called an herb) in the known world.

But it’s from the heart.

Which makes sense, since garlic has been used medicinally for nearly all recorded history to promote healthy heart and immune systems.  It’s good for circulation.  It’s got antioxidant properties.  And has been used as an antibiotic.  It’s used in Western medicine.  Eastern medicine.  Homeopathy.  Naturopathology.

Historically, it’s been used as an antidote for poisons, a potion for endurance, and an aphrodesiac.  In India, it’s known as one of the most honored “trinity roots,” important for good health for your body, mind and soul!

And (as we move into the Halloween season) it’s said to be a powerful ward against demons, vampires and werewolves!  I read this morning that it’s been said to keep trolls away from goats … which is good to know as we consider adding a goat to our family menagerie of animals …

So the health benefits are wonderful.  For sure.

But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that even if it wasn’t good for you, I’d still be eating it up.

Because despite all its health benefits, this little clove offers such an incredible taste explosion, we use it almost every day.





In soup.

In sauce.

In a rub.

In cheese.

Even ice cream!

I’ve been struggling to think of a way that garlic isn’t awesome.

If you do any gardening at all, it’s not going to surprise you that the reason we’re garlic obsessed today is because it’s time to plant the garlic!

And we’re getting dirty this week!

We’ll have pictures and some how-tos later this week.

In the meantime, what if you’re moving, and planting garlic in your garden will only benefit the new owners?

I say … go ahead and plant anyway … the new folks might love you for it.  And who couldn’t use a little more love in her life?

Or maybe you’re apartment-living and don’t have a garden-garden.

Good news:  garlic grows in containers, too!   Check THIS out:

Sure, garlic requires a little time and attention during planting and harvesting … but the truth is, it’s fairly hardy and if you’re a fan of garlic, it might be a fun adventure to grow your own.  It’s certainly one way to guarantee it’s organic 🙂

So go ahead … pick up a few bulbs from your local greenhouse (conventional-grocery-store bought bulbs are often sprayed so they don’t sprout), and spend a little time getting dirty this week!

And now I feel better that there’s a plan to ensure everyone will have garlic in the spring …


We’re Abby and Jeanne, two Montana mamas doing our best to build happy, healthy and wholesome lives for our families and the future.  To paraphrase Abby, we’re growing organic gardens … happy and healthy kids … and good friendships … here in the Big Sky State.

We’re delighted you’re here and hope you’ll stay a while, wander around, try a few recipes and join in the conversation…