V-8 Juice (or my version anyway)

Mother Nature has given Coloradoans the "all clear" to get our gardens in.

Yes! Yes! YES!

Madly planting on Saturday I realized I had been a bit zealous back in February because come planting time I had more flower and plant starts than I knew what to do with. Wielding a shovel and hoe I found—or made—room for everything. Yep, the yard's a bit torn up but it's all in!

Here's some pretty little lettuce.

The crop I am most excited about is the tomatoes. I decided to go all heirloom this year and purchased seed for these beauties from www.rareseeds.com.

I can't wait to bite into that Violet Jasper—the green and red tomato at bottom left. Last year I picked some up at the Farmers Market and made this spicy vegetable juice. So good!

Ooo ooo, and one of my sponsors just launched these hanging planters that accommodate tomato plants nicely. Pretty cool. Plant herbs at the top and hang tomatoes out the bottom!

Lexie's Version of V-8 Vegetable Juice

Ingredients:

2 large CARROT
2 stalks CELERY
1-2 large TOMATOES (or equivalent in cherry tomatoes)
1/2 medium CUCUMBER
1/2 medium BEET
1/2 green BELL PEPPER
1/2 lemon
1/4 small ONION
Handful CHARD (or other green)
Handful CABBAGE
Small GARLIC CLOVE
3/4 teaspoon HOT SAUCE (used Cholulas)
1/4 teaspoon SEA SALT

Directions:

Juice in juicer.

Alternatively, blend in high-powered blender for a high-fiber smoothie.

Serves 2-4.