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Garden update, stardate 08012009

There’s good news and bad news, and thankfully the good news outweighs the bad. But let’s start with the bad.

Bad news

I had to pick (and toss) the watermelon today, because the rind split and bugs were chomping like mad on its tasty insides. At least they got to enjoy it.

Also, something’s been munching on the only cantaloupe too, but it’s in much better shape. Shaking out rolly-pollies when I see them….

I’ve been overwatering the Black Prince. Unfortunately, the effects of overwatering and underwatering look very similar. Read somewhere today that I should water tomatoes deeply every five to seven days when they’re setting fruit, so I’m going to try not watering him and the rest of my tomatoes for a few days. It makes me cringe inside, but I’m going to do it.

Neutral news

The peas continue to live, despite the heat, but I don’t think they’re going to make peas. Oh well. They look pretty. Sort of. An interesting experiment in the new raised bed?

Good news

The tomatoes are ready! The tomatoes are ready! And I’ve been eating them like mad on tomato and cheese sandwiches (on fresh bread from A Sweet Affair) and they’re sooo good. Salads with one of the many cucumbers (see below) are also fantastic.

One of the tasty first tomatoes

One of the tasty first tomatoes

One of the tomatoes was so huge it snapped the vine it was on. I guess I’ll have to make fried green tomatoes….

Om nom nom nom!!

Om nom nom nom!!

The lemon cucumbers are still going crazy! I give them away on all occasions. I gave Max and Christopher one the size of a softball about a week ago, I kid you not. I’ve decided to make these fresh lemon cucumber pickles in an attempt to use the bounty.

Lastly, I’m happy to report that the eggplant is finally on its way to propagating the species.

Flower, flower!!

Flower, flower little eggplant!!

Anyway. That’s the garden. Used some mint in a watermelon-mint cooler drink today. I’ll have to post a food update soon.

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