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A Humble Garden – swell

A Humble Garden

Morning Glory
Morning Glory Bud
Baby Tomato
Garden Kale
Snapdragons
Catnip Flowers
Sunset at Lake Tåkern 2007

In lieu of a truly food-related recipe post, which I don’t think is going to happen for awhile (I’ll explain in a bit), I’m posting some pictures of my “garden.”  See, while I have a decent amount of outdoor space for living in a city and a kitchen door that opens out onto it, every square inch of it is covered in concrete.  I’ve had to resort to 5 gallon pails and planter boxes in order to grow anything, since I know I’m too busy to take part in a community garden plot.  Actually, it’s shaping up rather nicely, and I think I’m going to designate myself as someone with an “olive thumb” this year, as I don’t think I deserve full-fledged green quite yet.  I’m hoping for a good tomato year, some greens, and lots and lots of fresh herbs.  In fact, my epazote plant is kind of out of control, and I’m planning to trim it back considerably and dry it for future Mexican food fun!

In other news, a week from now I’ll be on a plane en route to Sweden for a veryveryvery much-needed break full of family-seeing, bicycle-riding, and city-and-country-wandering with a couple of friends.  I’m hoping to make a lot of my own food, but also try out a couple of vegan spots in Stockholm and Göteborg (my smaller hometowns of Nyköping and nearby Oxelösund are decidedly less easily veg-friendly, and anyhow I promised I’d make food for my grandparents for putting us up ;-) ).  So unless a miracle happens between now and July 2 amid working, housecleaning, and packing, you can probably expect a vacation post in a couple weeks instead.  I hope you’ll forgive me; I do hope this vacation to the little country closest to my heart will rejuvenate and inspire me to set aside time for more blogging.  Till then, sweet people of the cyberworld.

(PS – If you’ve never seen it, Green Kitchen Stories is an amazingly AMAZINGLY gorgeous vegetarian food blog out of Stockholm which has kept me pumped up for various Swedish delicacies awaiting me over there.  Check it out, seriously.)

9 Responses to “A Humble Garden”

  1. Roselie says:

    hope you have lots and lots of fun! see you when you return!
    and oooh Lake Tåkern is gorgeous!

  2. Carrie says:

    Lovely pictures! Looking forward to learning about veg delicacies in Sweden!

  3. jessy says:

    i’ve gotta say, A-K – i absolutely love every photo you post and these are no exception. wow! so awesome on the container garden – and i love “olive thumb”. ah ha ha! i don’t quite have a green thumb just yet either, but i hope to some day. fingers crossed. enjoy your vacation and i look forward to the pictures and stories. yay!

  4. Have fun on your trip! Sounds exciting! Have fun trying out vegetarian places overseas. I just did a trip in Paris and Spain and tried out some great vegan and vegetarian places ;) So I am sure you will find some great places to eat :)

  5. Serena says:

    You blog is amazing. :) I hope you have fun during your vacations – everyone needs a break every now and again. ;)

  6. Jes says:

    What a beautiful beautiful garden! And I hope you’re having a fantastical time in Sweden–take lots of pictures! <3

  7. How cool! I love seeing pictures of travels and interesting foods from other countries *hint hint* :D

    The morning glory bud is so cute! And that sunset picture is beautiful!

    Thank you for the heads up about the great blue heron! It did not come across as rude at all and I have updated the post. Yay for birders! :D

  8. Kim says:

    Do you, perchance, have any yellow snap dragons?

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