In the Garden, Week 9

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Well, this week in the garden didn’t go quite as I’d planned. My plan had been to actually go to our community garden plot and pick raspberries at least twice. That didn’t happen. My plan had also been to show the garden to our niece, who was visiting from Washington State. That didn’t happen either. But we still had a great week swimming, visiting museums, going to Minnehaha Falls, and checking out the air show in Oshkosh.

Fortunately, my plants survived without my help, thanks in large part to the mild temperatures and the rain that fell on Friday morning. But it was pretty darn hot over the weekend and we returned to some wilting flower boxes on Sunday evening. We watered everything at home and then headed to the garden plot to weed, pick raspberries, fix the toppled tomato cage, and harvest a few Hungarian wax peppers and cucumbers. I’m going back to pick more peppers tonight because I can’t wait to try out this recipe for pepperoncini. My boys love pickled banana peppers on pizza, sandwiches, and salads.

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The tomatoes are coming along nicely and I think we could pick a beet or two, as they look like they are about the right size. I’ll definitely be making some pickled beets, because we have two rows of these beauties (Now I’m wishing I had planted a row of green beans!). The good news is that I found a couple of blossoms on the eggplant, so there may be hope for those after all.

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After all my fretting about getting to those raspberries, there weren’t many on the ground and there were only a small amount to pick. But the canes are covered with white berries and blossoms, so we are going to be making jam soon. I can’t wait! Then, check out these honeycrisp apples in our backyard! We planted the tree last spring and Brian has done an awesome job of pruning it into an espalier along the back corner of the house. Last fall we had two beautiful, delicious apples, and this year I count nine (if we can keep the squirrels at bay). I’ll keep you posted and include more photos of the espalier and apples as they ripen. Until then, I hope your garden is growing like crazy!

For more garden ideas, check out The Nitty Gritty Gardening Book, available through Amazon, Millbrook Press, and Mother Earth Gardens.

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