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July 30th, 2010

Salad anyone?

I took my camera out to the garden last night, because it's just so IMPRESSIVE. I wish I had some tips I could offer, but I have no idea why my garden is doing so well this year. This is easily the best year I've ever had, and I don't know what I'm doing differently. I've moved my garden every year, so I can't even say I'm just building up good soil or anything. I mean, I'm trying to build up good soil, but this has been the first year I haven't moved it's location, and we still had to move all the soil to get the stumps pulled.

This weekend I need to blanch and freeze green beans, broccoli, and cabbage for winter.  If the weather is nice I might make strawberry jam.  The berries were frozen when we picked them because it was 95 and humid that whole week.  But now that the air is cool and dry I can tolerate making jam, also I may need the space in my freezer soon!  I may also be harvesting a single meat bird.  I have just one that seems to have heavy weights in it's tail - it constantly tips over.  It's legs work just fine when I pick it up, so I have no idea why it's lost all equilibrium.  But it can't be having a very good life and it's not going to get any bigger.  So it'll just be a little roasting bird. (queue the circle of life music)

Anyway, onto the garden tour!

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See the squashes escaping out the fence and down the hill??

I have broccoli as big as MY HEAD, and kohlrabi looking all sputnik-y
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I have tomatoes almost as big as my hand, and tomatillos:
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The tomatoes are still green, but I'll have a bumper crop assuming nothing devestating happens (and the plants don't fall right over into the dirt) Anyone have any idea how to know when the tomatillos are ripe? Do I just wait for the husks to get papery? The plants were given to me by a friend...

My snap beans are already producing, and still putting out more flowers. Meanwhile the dried beans are just now flowering and setting the first baby-beans.
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The winter squash are fruiting like crazy, we're going to have LOTS by fall:
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Even my flowers are doing well:
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