Love and Tomatoes: A Natural Combination

Love and Tomatoes: A Natural Combination

In August 2011, we were fortunate to experience the inspiration of Jeremy N. Smith when he came to speak and share his story of community building in Missoula – as part of our ongoing Authors Live Series at The City Library.  His book “Growing a Garden City” inspired our library staff and our community to strengthen and build community through urban gardening.

I recently reconnected with Jeremy (who continues to live and write in Missoula, Montana) and he shared this article in High Country News with me about two of our favorite things: love and tomatoes.  Love and Tomatoes: A Natural Combination

Enjoy! ~DLR

Addendum

Today was truly our last day in the garden–pulling tomato plants, salvaging the very last of what there was to salvage.

Mostly tomatoes, but also a small handful of onions. We pulled up the cages and stakes, stored them in the loft above the tool shed. Rolled up the hoses. Talked about what a good time we’d had, and how we’d miss this.

We said, “See you at the library!”

We said, “Goodbye, garden!”

We said, “Thank you.”

 

-SC

Friend or Foe?

Lately there have been grasshoppers. Everywhere. In the garden.

(Copulating, even!)

Bryant chucks them over the fence, but I just can’t bring myself to do so. I think they’re precious.

As precious as the quail who eat our freshly-planted seeds.

Nature may be brutal, but I leave the pest removal up to my fellow librarians/gardeners and charge myself with documentation.

-SC

Pears! Pears! Everywheres!

Sunday we picked 2 large boxes & 1 bag of beautiful organic pears from the tree at the Library Community Garden!

We delivered the largest box to the Crossroads Urban Center today and they were extremely thrilled! – the 3rd bag went to one of our branches with Derek.

We’ve been talking about these pears all summer, waiting and waiting until they were finally ripe enough for a climb up the ladder. Who knew we’d get so many?
-Darrah and SC