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Harvest time!

We’ve been harvesting heaps and heaps of veggies! Here’s a peak:

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These squashes love each other.

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62 lbs.

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70 lbs.

Also this week, we started to break out some of our homegrown compost, and it couldn’t be more perfect and beautiful and healthy! It’s going to make the garden and the plants very happy.

More exciting news: we’re taking on the ambitious project of trying to grow melons vertically. With a whole lot of help from a good friend, we built this spectacular trellis for our cantaloupe:

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The first step. See the sprawling melon plants?

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The completed trellis! (p.s. look how tall our sunflowers are!)

Hopefully, keeping the melons off the ground will keep away pests that might want to eat them (i.e. rats) and will also make the garden less crowded.

Speaking of melons, a volunteer melon plant was discovered making friends with the yellow squash:

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see the melon nestled in there?
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This beautiful plant has at least two baby melons happily growing from it. 

Also happily growing in our garden are flowers:

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Beautiful okra blossom.

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All the marigolds we planted this spring have taken off and are flourishing.

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A bee pollinating one of our squash blossoms!

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so tall.

Here’s one view of the garden as of yesterday:

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Someone from Miriam’s Kitchen told me yesterday that the garden looks the best it has ever looked. Yay!

Next on the horizon: eggplants and peppers and getting ready for fall planting!

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July

A few days ago, we had a wind storm that was so strong it blew over one of our tomato trellises! Devastating (sort of).

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We’ve fixed it temporarily, but it’s still very weak (one of the stakes came out of the ground completely) and we’ll need to come up with a solution to strengthen it. The wind storm also blew an unbelievable amount of trash into the garden. Booo!

On the bright side:

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Our very first heirloom tomato!

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These root veggies are finally starting to turnip!

Expecting another big harvest later today…

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