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Heirloom tomato galette

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The Ravenous Couple

(Read caption) Roasted sliced tomatoes, fresh herbs, and mozzarella cheese combine for a delicious summer meal inside a rustic galette crust.

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Summer – or tomato season as we like to call it – is in full bloom. One of our favorite rites of summer is picking fist-sized heirloom and grapelike clusters of cherry tomatoes in our garden. Growing our own tomatoes has been one of the most rewarding achievements since we started to garden in our small 4-by-8-foot raised garden bed.  

Typically we plant about five varieties of heirloom tomato seedlings each year, which yields more than enough for our family and friends. If you have the space, we highly recommend growing your own tomato garden. While we’re certainly no experts, here are some of the tips we found helpful for growing tomatoes:

We’ve found that by just doing the above, our tomatoes are healthy and pest-free. We do inspect for green worms occasionally and just pluck them off and feed them to the birds. Otherwise, we haven’t had the need to use any thing else for pests other than to cover the ripening tomato to prevent the birds from pecking at them.

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