Thursday, July 17, 2008

Garden Workings

Yesterday, I pulled several bucketfuls of weeds and helped Fred construct a cucumber fence in the garden. As the cucumber vines grow and attempt to take over the other plants, he will string them between the wires to train them to grow upwards instead of outwards.

While in the garden, I noticed the first ripe tomatoes of the season! An early ripening variety from Europe. We ate them with lunch, ushering in the short time of the year when fresh tomatoes have flavor.

Our dinosaur kale plants are approaching the size of small dinosaurs. I have been harvesting shopping bag-full amounts of leaves, which I bring home to blanch, chop, and freeze for winter soups and pasta. At this rate, we will not need to buy our favorite leafy green at the grocery store for the rest of the year.

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