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Surprises from my garden

I love my garden and the organic vegetables it produces. It reminds me of the old days when I grew up on farms in Central Washington.

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Before I went on vacation, I carefully picked all the zucchinis and ate them so I wouldn't have any huge ones when I got back. Or, so I thought. I missed one, the green one, that was hidden under a big zucchini leaf. The Coke can is for reference.

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The corn is gigantic and is forming ears. This was an impulse item on sale at the co-op. I think it's popcorn.

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The person at the co-op's garden store assured me this was a regular pepper, not a hot one.

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I look it up. It must be mismarked. Oranos peppers are sweet, but orange. They're pointed, so I'll have to take a taste.

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These tomatoes are dark on top. I wonder what they are and if they'll ripen up. Always the big question with tomatoes.

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My neighbor gave me this tomato plant, which was a volunteer. She thought it was a cherry tomato, but it seems more interested in becoming a huge, green plant rather than producing tomatoes. She said hers aren't producing tomatoes yet, either.

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I grow one eggplant plant a year. So far, this year, I just have blooms.

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Here's lettuce, another impulse item on sale at the co-op. I cut it twice for salads when my daughter and her kids were here. It looks like I'll get several more servings.

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Oops. Another yellow zucchini emerging. I'd better dig out my zucchini recipes quick.

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I harvested my first two tomatoes yesterday. I also bought bacon for bacon and tomato sandwiches. BLT. I've got it all.

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Some of my Swiss chard is ruined from this brown something. Do you know what it is? Anyway, I still have plenty. I cut some and it was so big, I stuck it under my arm when I harvested some kale.

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I just noticed I have beans now. I need to keep an eye on them because they can get too tough fast.

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Here's my garden, Swiss chard on the right and kale on the left. My neighbor thinks my garden does so well because the concrete bricks hold in the heat. I ordered the bricks several years ago but I didn't know they'd be so heavy. I had to hire my friend to build it for me because I couldn't lift them.

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The cucumbers have been slow this year. Two years ago I had cucumbers in this spot and I got a couple of dozen nice-sized cucumbers. This year I didn't use manure. I used a vegetable compost from the co-op.

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Here's the first cucumber. I get dive bombed by some bugs, so I come in about 8 p.m. When I come in, I have two welts on my face. Probably mosquito bites. I need to get in earlier.

How’s your garden growing?

Copyright 2016, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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