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Planting peppers and peering at strawberries

Transplanting peppers

I wrote previously that tomato-planting day is my favorite day of the year, but the truth is that I just enjoy putting plants of any type in the ground.  Setting out peppers and sweet potatoes Monday was definitely a treat, especially since the former are so spunky and pretty this year.

Ripening strawberry

The night before I transplanted dipped down to 34 degrees, but there was no sign of frost in the garden, so I decided it was time to take in the row covers and tomato buckets and to stop worrying about freezes.  And what did I find under the row covers?  Strawberries starting to turn last!  I squashed my usual impatience and left every fruit on the plants to ripen all the way --- it's worth waiting two or three more days for berries that are red clear through.  Maybe that's my favorite day of the year, when I plop the first sun-ripened, homegrown strawberry into my mouth....

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