This post is brought to you by Pennington Vertical Gardening Systems. All opinions are my own.
I know I might have mentioned it before, but we live in a condo versus a traditional house. This arrangement works really well for my family and there haven't been many downsides ... with the exception of not being able to have my own garden. Well, that's about to change! Soon I will have my very own vertical garden and I couldn't be happier. I'll have an update in a week or two with my experience setting up my Pennington Vertical Gardening System as well as photos of my new plants! ...Can you tell I'm just a little excited about growing fresh baby tomatoes, hot peppers, and basil!?
About the Pennington Vertical Gardening System
The Pennington Vertical Gardening System allows any gardener – novice or experienced – living in the sprawling suburbs or crowded city to turn even the most lackluster of spaces in to a colorful, blooming garden. Each system is completely customizable with each component sold separately to adapt to any style.
Structural pieces have been tested for weather and weight durability. The core foundational pieces work together and stay consistent from year to year.
As you can see, the Pennington System can be customized in a variety of ways and can be used indoors or outdoors on drywall, wood or masonry facades, including brick, stone or stucco. The Pennington Vertical Garden System and accessories can be purchased at The Home Depot in select stores across Arizona, California, Georgia and Florida. To get updates on Pennington Vertical Gardening products, promotions and offers, visit their website: http://www.penningtongarden.com.
Homemade Marinara Sauce with Fresh Basil
A few years ago I set out to make my own marinara sauce for homemade pizza and pasta dishes. I didn't like all of the ingredients, including added sugar, that jarred sauces had and I thought it would be easy enough to make my own. I was right. Making marinara sauce from scratch is super easy. Plus, once you taste homemade you won't want to go back to the jar!
- 1 28 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes I prefer Tuttorosso
- 1/3 Cup Diced Onion
- 2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
- 1 Handful Fresh Basil Chopped
- 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- Oregano Salt & Pepper (to taste)
In a large skillet set at medium-high, saute 1/3 cup diced onion and 2 Tablespoons minced garlic in 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Add in a handful chopped fresh basil leaves, stir and let cook for a few minutes, until onions are translucent.
Turn heat down to medium-low and add 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes and season with salt, pepper and oregano to taste.
Stir in another 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil and let simmer on low for a minimum of 20 minutes.
I've made this recipe dozens of times, both with and without the fresh basil, and it's the basil that truly makes the sauce. I hope to grow an endless supply of basil, and maybe even some baby tomatoes, in my new Pennington Vertical Gardening System.
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I like to make my own tomato sauce using our home grown tomatoes
We love using our veggies and herbs to spice up turkey burgers!
We love making our own Smoked Salmon Dip recipe we saw in a book years ago. It is absolutely delicious!
We used our home grown herbs (Basil and Thyme) For our spaghetti sauce!
I love to make potato soup and add green onions from the flower pot on my back porch.
Heather Hayes Panjon
I Enjoy Making Chili With Fresh Tomato, Peppers, And Onion
i like tomatoes in my salad and stuffed peppers
I love fresh salsa fresco with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, onions etc I am getting hungry just writing this
I like making a tomato and basil salad with fresh mozzarella.
My family and I like a 3 bean salad, using the beans and herbs that we grow.
I like chili with fresh tomatoes.
I love making homemade salsa with homegrown jalepenos and tomatoes! Entered the rafflecopter as "Wild orchid"
Thanks for the chance to win!
wildorchid985 at gmail dot com
We love to make tacos with the tomatoes from our garden!
My favorite garden recipe is stuffed peppers. I always seem to be able to grow a ton of peppers, tomatoes and zucchini.
I like to slow roast a turkey breast rubbed with rosemary, thyme and tarragon and I tuck a couple of onions inside the turkey body cavity.
Mome made Sphagetti sauce!
home made 🙂
we make tons of spaghetti sauce with the tomatoes we grow every year
I like to make a stir-fry.
i like homemade salsa
I like to make soup
I like to use the new potatoes from my garden and cook them with our green beans.
My main reason for growing cucumbers if for the cucumber salad, I could eat it all day every day. It's delicious
caprese salad with fresh basil
I like stew made with my veggies and herbs
We like to make cold veggie pizza with the carrots, cucumbers, and other veggies from our garden.
I made homemade crackers with chopped herbs from the garden. I made different varieties of crackers, and tried different herbs. They were fantastic! It was a great way to use the herbs. I used basil, thyme, tarragon, lemon thyme. For the crackers, I used whole grain flours mixed with some unbleached flour, sea salt, pepper, and black and white sesame seeds, quality oil and/or butter. You can roll it right onto a lightly oiled or buttered cookie sheet, then use a cutter (I like the wavy edge cutters), to separate them into squares. I have baked them at different temperatures, too. It is amazingly easy to make crackers, and herb crackers with herbs from the garden are a big hit. I like to have bunches of herbs tied and drying in the kitchen, it all adds to the ambiance! (I've also made homemade pasta with semolina using fresh herbs rolled into the dough - great esp for ravioli!)
I make home made salsa with my veggies I grow
Spaghetti and stuffed sweet peppers
Simple: Fresh basil on fresh tomato with mozzarella cheese
Thanks for the contest.
I make a veggie stir fry a lot! Whatever happens to be ripe can pretty much be thrown in, especially cut up zucchini, squash, etc.
I grew Jalapenos and added them to just about everything I made.
I like to grow my own okra and make a big pot of okra and tomatoes
annabella @ centurytel dot net
I make my own salsa
I like making soups and sauces.
salsa from fresh tomatoes
kport207 at gmail dot com
I love steamed green beans with mushrooms and garlic - thank you.
I love to use fresh cilantro in salsa 🙂
I like making homemade pizza using the fresh tomatos and basil that I grow
Pasta sauce with oregano
Peppers and mushrooms with basil and parsley.
I love incorporating heirloom tomatoes in recipes, especially casseroles.
I like making soup with our home grown vegetables.
I don't have a garden since I live in an apartment, but I would love to try and grow some herbs in the kitchen.
i like to make tomatoes sauce
I love making homemade vegetable soup!
I like my salmon with fresh dill recipe.
I love making veggie soup!
I love making BLTs with homegrown tomatoes
I like to make tomato sauce.
we love to make homemade salsa
I make a yummy basil pesto
I like making zucchini bread
I like making homemade spaghetti sauce with herbs.
I love using meatballs with my herbs
I like to use them in my spaghetti sauce
Fresh chili sauce to put over meatloaf!
I'd love to have one of those gardening systems - it's so cool.
I like making shrimp scampi or spaghetti
I use homegrown basil, garlic, onions,tomatoes, and dried cayenne peppers in Pasta Pomodoro.
I like making salsa with fresh cilantro.
I like making a fresh potato soup.
Thanks for the chance.
I love making homemade salsa with tomatoes, jalapenos, and onions from my garden.
I like to make lasagna with fresh herbs!
I like making watermelon feta salad with freshly grown mint.
Chicken Cacciatore is my favorite recipe using a lot of herbs
Paula Michele Hafner
I like making fresh pizza/spaghetti sauce.
I love fresh tomatoes on sandwiches.
tomatoes & cucumbers in salads and sandwiches
tilapia and cilantro
I love Caprese Salad with fresh basil.
I like making vegetable soup with my home grown vegetables.
I love making canned kosher pickles and salsa.
I like to make a salad with the items from the garden.
My favorite is simply my own Heirloom Tomatoes sliced onto white bread with crispy bacon strips and Duke's Mayonnaise.
I wish I could grow something fresh in my garden (other than weeds -- because they grow really grow well).....but I love to put fresh herbs in my marinara sauce. 🙂
in my chill
We use tomatoes, peppers and onions to make homewade chili
Homeade salsa, tomatos, cilantro, and garlic yummo!
We love to make home made salsa!
Our fave is veggie soup
Fried zucchini squash
I love making homemade salsa using tomatoes, onions, peppers and cilantro that I have grown in my garden over the summer.
my favorite recipe would be chili - with all the good spices in it!
I make a great tomato, basil spaghetti with my home grown basil.
I love to make a salad with our garden veggies
my favorite is veggie soup
I don't have a garden but I love using the tomato juice my other-in-law makes from hers in vegetable soup
I like to make homemade chili with my tomatoes and peppers.
I love to make baked potato fries from my potatoes that I grow.
I like making spaghetti sauce and pesto.
I like making homemade pasta sauces.
I love making chicken stir fry with bell pepper and jalapeno!
salsa from fresh tomatoes
I like fresh squash.
I love to use garden vegetables in my beef stew.
For my meatballs.
I can never get enough home grown yellow squash, slow cooked with onion and garlic, or fresh tomatoes for salsa and tomato sandwiches!
I make a bow tie pasta salad that I make my own vinegar based dressing for and use cucumbers and onions and even tomatoes and onions.
I like lasagna!
i make bruschetta using basil from the garden. its soooo good and everyone begs me to make more
make potato soup
I love using our veggies and herbs to make soups: tomato soup, chicken or beef 🙂
I like making BLT's with tomatoes from our garden
i like the herb encrusted chicken that i make
Thanks for the giveaway…we use cilantro, tomatoes, green bell & jalapeno peppers from our garden to make homemade pico de gallo for our tex-mex dishes.
I love to spice up My Korean chicken
I like making veggie soup with veggies from my garden
I love making homemade soup and a veggie pasta salad!
I like to make my own spaghetti sauce from vine ripened tomatoes and fresh herbs from the garden. Thanks for this contest.
I love making chili with garden tomattoes
I love to make homemade pizza with fresh herbs.
I like making salsa
I like making potato soup
Penelope (NYC Blogger)
That vertical gardening system is GORGEOUS and I know just the spot I could put one.
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!
Hi there, Great tips by the way and thank you. I did have a question though.
I'm hoping you can answer it for me since you seem to be pretty knowledgeable about gardening.
In a garden, how can you kill unwanted plants (e.g.
weeds) without hurting other plants? I have a number of weeds growing in my garden beds right now...
If you had some insight I would greatly appreciate it.
Wow, Stefanie, that garden wall looks so good, I want to have one at home! I grow some herbs by my own in my little garden and I love to cook with fresh herbs! It`s more delicious!