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This week in the garden

First fall pea flowerThe fall garden is nearly coming into its own now.  This week, I saw the first pea flowers --- surprisingly, the bush shelling peas opened first even though they're considerably shorter than both the snow and sugar snap peas.

We have a few tommy-toe tomatoes still coming on, even though their plants are blighted.  For a couple of weeks, we're able to eat the typical American salad of lettuce, tomato, and cucumbers --- summer and fall gardens overlapping on our plates.  Meanwhile, the week's freezer bounty includes pesto, swiss chard, broccoli, a tad of tomatoes, green beans, corn, and okra.

We're actually watering everything this week, since it's been 10 days since our last serious rain, but the year never really gave us the usual summer break from weeding and mowing.  Instead, Mark and I are still putting in many hours a week keeping the yard and garden ship-shape.  But I'm starting to put a few beds down for the winter rather than filling each gap with new seeds.  Soon it will be too late to plant anything except lettuce, spinach, and garlic.

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