Garden Plans and Chunky Tomato Salsa


I’m highly excited about the forthcoming weekend.  For the last few months there has been a possibility floating around that I would be moving to a different house this summer and so I held off from planting my vegetables: it would have been terrible to sow them and then abandon the seedlings.  Yesterday I found out for certain that I’m staying put.  Thought I’d be rather upset if this were to be the outcome as the house I was hoping to move to is in a spectacular location but, after so much waiting and uncertainty, my  overwhelming feeling is one of relief and contentment.  I do, after all, love my current wee house.  It’s wonderfully cosy and I’m more than a little proud of my vegetable patch. 

So, this weekend I’m going to get all grubby and get planting.  Hooray!  Having been weeded and fertilized and repeatedly forked, the soil is more than ready to host some seeds and young plants.  I may even erect a proper greenhouse this year.  Last year, the wee plastic contraption I bought was so flimsy it flew away in the gales, leaving behing lettuce, basil and tomato carnage. 

Lots of tomatoes would be lovely this year.   Not least so that I can make this salsa with fresh, sun-warmed tomatoes.  🙂

Chunky Tomato Salsa

(serves 4)

300g cherry tomatoes, halved and seeded

1 red onion, chopped finely

1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 green chilli, finely chopped

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Handful of coriander or parsley, chopped


  • Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl, cover and leave to marinate for an hour (or overnight in the fridge). 

11 thoughts on “Garden Plans and Chunky Tomato Salsa

  1. I am so jealous of your garden space! I have 3 tomato plants, 4 herbs and 2 potato plants on my little balcony. You must keep us updated with the progress of your vegetable patch!

  2. glad your house has such a nice silver lining – your garden sounds fantastic! I have heard about ideas for temporary gardens that you can take to another house – maybe they are just potted plants but not sure

  3. Yea Wendy! I am glad you know where to “hang your hat” this summer! Now onto the garden!!!! I cannot wait to see what you are planting! It is so hot here now that the only thing left in my garden are all the herbs and the hot peppers! Harvested everything else these past couple of weeks. Salsa looks yummy!

  4. Sylvie – Thank you! 🙂

    Helen – That’s pretty impressive for a balcony. And I most certainly will keep you all updated.

    Johanna – The Village Vegetable just posted a photo of her roof top garden in New York. Very cool!

    Kalyn – Couldn’t agree more. 🙂

    Deb – That hot, huh? It’s back to 10oC here. 😦

  5. hi wendy! I can understand you ..i had the possibility to move to San francisco some years ago to work there as wedding planner than something happened and the chance passed me by…but at the end I was some kind of relieved..
    So fresh this salad!! So boring this weather ..keeps raining and raining..:-(
    😀 have a great day dear

  6. Hey Wendy-licious,

    Sorry your dream-home didn’t come to pass, but I’m glad to know that you have the possibility to focus on your summer crop and make the garden happen again. I can’t wait to hear how it grows–let me know if you plant the nigella.

    Happy day!

  7. Sometimes the universe give you exactly what you need.

    Can’t wait to see how your garden grows.

    Wishing you loads of tomato-y goodness.

  8. Silvia Magnolia – Perhaps, as Lucy says, things do work out for the best. 🙂

    Christina – I planted the nigella seeds in the border of my front garden yesterday. Very excited about watching them grow!

    Lucy – Planted everything yesterday and have woken up this morning feeling very satisfied. 🙂 Think staying is the best thing just now.

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