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September 19, 2019

How's the community garden plot full of fall leafy greens doing? It's been having some ups and downs. The ups: everything is growing, yay! The downs: since I didn't use row cover as a protective barrier, the greens have been attacked by cabbage worms and harlequin bugs...

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 29, 2019

I decided to say goodbye to my enormous squash vines because I found that all of my developing squashes had been chewed on. Squirrels, probably. At least with autumn right around the corner, we have the opportunity to hit the reset button. So I started planting leafy g...

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 8, 2019

I took this photo yesterday, before the storm. You know, when we had several weeks of high temperatures and no rain. I would say that I was doing *ok* with watering. I mean, there's a lot that's growing and green, though my cherry tomato plants are shedding leaves in r...

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 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...

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