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In the Garden

Autumn Garden Update

Normally, by now, I’m ready to close up shop in the garden. Pull out what’s left, clear out the brush, call it a season. I’m not sure why, but this year I decided I wanted to extend my gardening into the fall.

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I didn’t need to add much – so many of my plants are still going strong – I just needed to leave them alone and let them keep producing. My bell pepper, jalapeno, and eggplant are all still producing, as well as my now not-so-little volunteer Amish Paste tomato.

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In addition to these existing plantings, I sowed some lettuces, arugula, and radishes in the enclosure. The radishes are doing great, and have grown quite a bit since the photo featured at the top of this post was taken. The lettuces have been a bit more hesitant. I think it may have still been a bit too warm when I sowed them in the beginning of September. Now that things are really cooling down, I might try again with some more  butterhead and mesculin seed. The arugula I sowed in early September is doing great, however. Arugula is fool-proof, I think. It sprouts and thrives no matter what.

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In the Grow Camp, the chard and kale are still beautiful, and even though they are getting a little “long in the tooth” I’m going to let them have fun while they can. The kale still tastes terrific, and even the chard isn’t too bitter. I cleared the the bush beans out of the other side of the Grow Camp and planted broccoli rabe and some more kale.

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Broccoli Salad
Recipes, Salads and Dressings

Broccoli Salad

As the summer draws to a close, I’m letting my favorite salads have one last hoorah. I made this one for a bonfire picnic we attended last weekend. Thankfully, the weather’s still hot and this salad is a welcome treat when all you want is something cold. I think everyone has a version of this recipe already in their collection somewhere. This is just my take on it. Enjoy, and Happy Labor Day!

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In the Garden, Photos and Galleries

Summer 2015 Garden

Welcome to my summer 2015 garden. Things have been quite active this season (especially with the yellow squash and zucchini – no surprise there,) and now the growth is just starting to wind down a bit. Enjoy this collection of photos I snapped in my enclosure and Grow Camp this afternoon.

First up, the garden enclosure. This space houses my zucchini and yellow squash, so I tried to give them each a lot of room to stretch out while still reserving space for some other vegetables. Right now, the enclosure also includes:  my Amish Paste Tomato (a volunteer) a jalapeno, a green bell pepper, and an eggplant.

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