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The garden is full of almosts this week....

Sweet corn

Almost sweet corn.


Almost onions.

Black Australorp pullets

Almost crowing.  (Almost dinner.)

Tomato and okra

Almost tomatoes.  Almost okra.

Crookneck squash

Almost mountains.  Almost too many.

Four leaf clover

Almost impossible to spend a day in the garden without realizing how lucky we are.

Our chicken waterer never spills on uneven ground.

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Your photos are beautiful and your gratitude shines! We got such a late start here in southern WV, but your progress gives me hope! Tomatoes are doing well, I'm seeing the first tiny eggplants but I'm hungry for zucchini, which didn't get planted until June! I have a row of 50 Egyptian onions in, and enough sets left to do at least one more! Thank you again.
Comment by Debbi Fri Jul 8 07:16:54 2011
It was tough to get an early start this year since the ground was so cold from the frigid winter. I think our tomatoes are a tad later than last year, and I put them in as soon as the soil temperature permitted. Other folks I've talked to are running pretty late too. I suspect you'll have plenty of zucchini soon --- the great thing about summer squash is that once they start, they roar!
Comment by anna Fri Jul 8 07:32:47 2011
What a great post, especially the last picture.
Comment by Heather Fri Jul 8 08:48:45 2011
I seem to stumble across half a dozen four-leaf clovers a week lately. Must be a good sign!
Comment by anna Fri Jul 8 12:56:52 2011
I have to laugh when I read your blog; my corn is just poking through and why bother planting zucchini and cukes now if I can only harvest for two weeks...gonna build a greenhouse this summer...groan...have to build a ^#*&%@% cloche for the peppers today...Your bounty is awesome.
Comment by Jackie Fri Jul 8 13:07:46 2011
Think: radioactivity
Comment by Errol Fri Jul 8 13:57:56 2011

Jackie --- You must be way up north. Alaska?

Daddy --- I don't think radioactivity is the answer. Wikipedia notes that there's a four-leaf clover for every 10,000 three-leaf clovers, and that some varieties are more likely to have four leaflets than others. We have a lot more than 10,000 clover leaves in my regular stomping grounds, so it's not surprising that there are a lot of four-leaf clovers. I think I just keep my eye out for them more than other people do.

Comment by anna Fri Jul 8 15:34:33 2011

Anna has been finding 4 leaf clovers years before the recent Japanese nuclear melt down tragedy.

I've considered buying a Gieger counter to monitor any changes in the background radiation levels, but never got around to it.

Comment by mark Fri Jul 8 16:16:25 2011
got my Egyptian onions today, and I'm ALMOST ready to plant them haha! Thanks for the gift, I'll have plenty to share with some friends and spread the word where I got them.
Comment by Phil Fri Jul 8 20:25:03 2011
Thanks for sharing and spreading the word, Phil! And, for anyone else who wants to try out Egyptian onions, the offer's still open.
Comment by anna Sat Jul 9 15:56:46 2011

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