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September 12, 2019

What's slightly less enormous than the cushaw vines that I grew in my community garden plot, while bigger than the snake gourd vines? Green pumpkin vines.

The green pumpkin vines grew up and over my 8-foot arched trellis, clearly unaffected by squash vine borer.

I s...

September 5, 2019

Probably the most successful vining vegetable this summer has been snake gourd. The stunning flowers from mid- to late July started becoming harvestable fruits about a month later.

This is 'Buag Ngu,' though I've been tempted to try a longer-growing variety.

The flavor i...

August 22, 2019

Admittedly, I hadn't been paying close attention to my cherry tomato plants for a few days. We already had this big bowl of ripe cherry tomatoes sitting on the kitchen counter that we were eating as quickly as we could. Once the bowl started to get low again, I went ou...

August 15, 2019

It's been said (and my experience confirms) that vegetables grow in two stages. First, they creep, seeming to grow slowly above ground, though I suspect that's because they are developing their root systems underground. And then they leap, seeming to take off with rapi...

August 1, 2019

As I continue to figure out life with a fructan intolerance, I wondered how to enjoy the summer staple of pesto pasta salad. The solution: by making recipe adjustments, of course.

Let's start with the pasta part. Since traditional Italian pastas are made with wheat, whi...

July 25, 2019

The first female yellow garden spider of the season has appeared in my backyard garden. This makes the third summer of seeing them. Last summer, I counted as many as seven spiders at one time building webs among the trellises and tomatoes. They made so many egg sacs th...

July 18, 2019

I feel like I haven't been posting enough garden photos lately. Since we're in the height of summer, there's a lot going on. Take a look:

When I planted these Titan sunflowers in the middle of my community garden plot, I failed to take into consideration that they would...

July 4, 2019

On a whim, I bought one tomatillo seedling this spring and planted it at the end of my community garden plot. I had never grown tomatillos before because I didn't think I had enough space...they grow to be huuuuge. And has it ever grown! It's probably 4 feet wide and t...

June 27, 2019

Hooray, I was able to grow celtuce to a harvestable size, despite it getting munched on by a groundhog...twice.

In this photo, I have removed all of the lower leaves to reveal the tasty treasure inside, the stem. (My husband thinks they look like long-necked Alolan Exeg...

June 20, 2019

Hooray, my melon vines in the big blue pot are flowering. Soon, there will be cantaloupe, honeydew, and galia melons. The red leaved plants in the center of the pot are either amaranth or celosia. I don't know for sure because the plants weren't labelled when I bought...

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