Saturday, January 9, 2010

Kellog's Breakfast Tomato

The seed catalogues have been flooding my mailbox, and I am dreaming about tomatoes from the garden. This Kellog's Breakfast was one of my favorites last year. The texture was meaty and juicy, and the flavor just superb. I grew quite a few tomatoes, and the winners for me were: Kellog's Breakfast, Aunt Ruby's German Green, German Johnson, and Early Girl. I prefer to grow heirlooms, but Early Girl opened my mind a bit. One plant gave me enough tomatoes for several batches each of roasted tomato sauce, different types of salsa, chopped tomatoes and basil, and more. Most importantly, the tomatoes tasted great. I am sure the record heat prevented some of the tomatoes from living up to their full potential. Hopefully it will be a bit cooler this year.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Adorable garden in South Austin

As a real estate agent I go on property tours of new listings every week. I love seeing homes that belong to gardeners as this one clearly was. This home in South Austin had a xeriscaped yard with ornamental lettuces interplanted with perennials. There were beautiful crushed granite paths and a "pool" of blue glass. The inside was very nice as well with granite counters and a kitchen window that overlooks the garden. It was priced at $170,000.