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This week in the garden: Finally picked my first squash (it was a cute round lemon squash)! Squash Borer – 2, Mama Tutu – 1.  I lost 2 plants to the dreaded vine borer, but saved one!  I managed to cut the borer out of the squash and replant without separating the vine completely from […]

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Herbaria

Top Left: Sunflower Top Right: Pasilla Pepper Bottom Right: Red Leaf Lettuce Bottom Left: Tomatoes

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Garden Chronicles

This week in the garden: Picked our first ripe tomato! Several ripe blackberries. Lost a squash plant to the dreaded squash vine borer.  HATE. Those. Things. Pulled up a lot of borage plants that had completely taken over the tomato plants. Having pollination issues — not enough bees! Okra seedlings coming up… seems like I […]

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This week in the garden: Plants seem to have taken off a lot this week. Baby cilantro seedlings popping up everywhere. Lots of lettuce & peppers. Cucumbers starting to form. Squash plant growing and starting to make fruit. Lots of green tomatoes, none turning red yet. Our first ripe blackberry!  

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This week in the garden: Massive weeding session. Planted 2 varieties of okra & more Roma beans. Pruned unhealthy-looking leaves from the tomato plants. More rain this week — I haven’t had to water much this year. Cucumbers are slowly reaching their trellis, and beginning to make tiny fruit. Harvested green beans, lettuce & peppers […]

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Top left: Squash bloom Top right: Borage pods/seeds Bottom right: Zinnia Bottom left: Pasilla Bajio peppers  

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Drying Oregano

I have a monster oregano bush in the garden.  You can kind of see it in this picture to the right of the birdbath, but that’s only a part of it. Anyway, it was very overgrown and needing a trim.  I cut it back a lot, and it’s still huge.  The clippings filled this wheelbarrow: […]

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Book Review: Grow Great Grub

Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces by Gayla Trail First of all, the photography in this book alone makes this book a worthwhile read.  The pictures are absolutely beautiful!  As far as information, it is a great book for a beginning gardener with not a lot of space.  It covers the basics of gardening […]

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This week in the garden… More watering from God!  Thank you for the rain! Cucumber vines are starting to reach the trellis. Lots of squash blooms, but no squash yet.  Plants are still small. More tiny green tomatoes. Picked & cooked a batch of green beans! Picked some peppers – both pasilla bajio and purple jalapeños. […]

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Plant Spotlight: Borage

Frequently, when anyone is visiting my garden, I get the question, “What’s that?” when they see the borage. Borage is a plant I learned about when researching companion planting.  It is not a pretty plant.  It has hairy stems and leaves and right now, it looms over my tomato plants.  The one redeeming quality of […]

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