Looks like the weather has finally decided to stay above freezing at night here in Arkansas, which means today was the perfect day to plant the Bonta Toscana garden. What did we plant? Lots and lots of sweet basil and Tuscan Blue rosemary. To say it smelled divine is an understatement.
If you're thinking pesto, you're on the same page as me. Besides pesto, though, I have an amazing marinade in the works. It features lots of basil, lots of rosemary, and lots of garlic, of course. It makes the perfect coating for an herb-crusted pork tenderloin, and it's just what you need if you want to grill a delicious Florentine-style steak.
Bonta Toscana's laziest employee also came to the farm to help today. She pretty much just rolled in the hay and ate rosemary. But she sure looked cute doing it.
If you're ever in the Little Rock area and want to check out the Bonta Toscana garden, let me know. We operate out of the St. Joseph Farm in North Little Rock. It's an old Catholic orphanage that's being turned into an incredible agricultural and education center. (It's also a fitting location, since the main building looks like an Italian villa.) I'd be happy to show you around, tell you a little bit about my gardening efforts, and share the plans for the farm as a whole. It's a really cool place.