As a southern lady, I could wax poetic all day about the merits of growing your own tomatoes. Going out to your garden, salt shaker in hand to eat one of those red orbs, warmed by the sun is a true pleasure.
The smell of a tomato vine gets my senses all stirred up, especially when it is combined with freshly tilled dirt.
That is why I am so excited to tell you about two new fragrances that I am working on right now for our new Southern Scents line of soaps. Green Tomato Vine, and Dirt.
Now, I realize that these are not your typical soap scents but they are so good, you will love bathing with them, and just sniffing them!
Like all of our other soaps, these are made with the very best ingredients, right here in Stanfield, NC. Palm, Olive, Coconut Oil, Spring Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Goat Milk, Shea, Mango & Cocoa Butters, Color and Fragrance.
You not only get to smell like sweet summertime, your skin will benefit from using all of those luscious ingredients too.
Look for these at the Farmers Market and in our soap shop soon.
Late yesterday afternoon, I finally got my garden planted.
Going barefoot and getting dirty in your garden with the warm sun on your back, gets your blood moving and makes you feel alive!
Years ago, my friend Janice told me that Tomato and Basil were great companion plants. Judging from the bumper crop of tomatoes that she had every year and the size of her basil plants, I knew I couldn't go wrong. I have planted two basil plants between each tomato plant since then and have been thrilled with the way my tomatoes taste!
Companion planting is supposed to be beneficial to one or both of the plants you pair together.
I am not sure what the tomatoes do for the basil but the basil helps the tomato plants in quite a few ways. Basil repels whiteflies, mosquitoes, spider mites, aphids, hornworms. It attracts bees, improves tomato health and most importantly, improves tomato flavor! I encourage you to try it.
I have been pouring through my seed catalogs and looking at the Home & Garden section on Pinterest, I am busy making plans for our garden this summer.
These were taken last spring and summer. Just a taste of what is to come!
Since I can't get my hands in the dirt, these will have to do for now.
Two of my favorite sources for buying seed and plants are
Check them out and ask for a free catalog. They are both great companies and have so many heirloom varities!