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The big tomatoes are finally starting to turn!    This particular one is probably in the sunniest location in the plot, so here’s hoping the rest follow suit soon.

The above was Saturday’s haul, looking a bit like a still life.

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I’ve decided to call zucchini Tardisfruit – there’s no other explanation for how they get so big so quickly.     The monstrosity above was waiting for me after I was gone for just three day.

The cherry tomatoes are starting to bear – there are a ton of buds, so the best days are still ahead, but I got enough for a lovely pasta dish on Friday.

The ground cherries above are cumulative.

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Back when I first planted the community garden tomatoes, I swore I was going to keep on top of the suckers.   I did not.   On a whim, on Monday (when I was supposed to be doing a quick check before going away for a few days), I started going after suckers.   I’m pretty sure I removed half their weight in leaves.    You can definitely see the tomatoes better now.    And I woke myself up in the middle of a night with a back ache bad enough to require some Advil.   Oh well.

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The haul for that day was a poblano, some eggplant, a few cherry tomatoes, two more huge zucchini, and more ground cherries (above is the cumulative collection).

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The community garden plot is definitely looking lush.   In addition to the crazy zucchini, a bunch of other produce is coming along.

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Here’s one of the fairy eggplants coming along.     It has huge flowers, bigger than the Asian variety that I’m also growing, which will have bigger fruit.   I can totally see why eggplant were originally brought back to the old world as ornamentals.    I’m going to have to plant them for better show next year.

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I’ve got heaps of green tomatoes started.

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This is the cayenne type pepper.    This plant isn’t as big as I’d like.

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The first poblano plant I got is bigger, but still probably not as big as I’d like, either.    But it does have little peppers going.     The peppers are probably my worst planning this year.   They’ve ended up shaded out by the tomatoes.    (The other two plants I put in are still very small, and I doubt will end up doing much.)    I definitely need to rethink how I space things next year.   I think I need to keep the tomatoes together, and put everything else in one place on the sunnier side of the plot.

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And finally, back at the side garden, the ground cherries are getting big.    They will actually start to drop when they’re ready to harvest – I’ve had a few go, I expect many more soon.

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A few pictures from the community garden over the week – I’ve got at least one small tomato, and the eggplant are blooming.    I did take home the larger zucchini in that picture – I knew I wasn’t going to be by for a few more days, and those have a habit of blowing up if left too long.

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The flowers are really starting to come along – the calendula and borage in the community plot look great, and in the side garden, the zinnias are really starting to produce.

The lilies are also having a good year.   I had one come up randomly next to the Russian sage – I like how the red looks against that purple.

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In other news, here’s the first sign of what will likely be an onslaught…

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The side garden is doing well- the cherry tomatoes are definitely starting to take off, and the ground cherries are actually setting fruit.

The ruffled Tuscan basil has been a bit of a bust – the other basils are just fine with the amount of water they’re getting, but I can’t keep that Tuscan basil happy.    I will not be getting that again.

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Yesterday, I added two peppers (another poblano and a sweet red), and some collard and sprouting broccoli seeds to the community garden bed.

a06252017 003This morning, I was back there for a work party (we started a perennial bed at what will eventually be the entrance when our fence arrives), and the zucchini had blossomed overnight.   (I could see the buds yesterday, but they didn’t at all look like they were ready to bloom.)

That bed is also doing well- the calendula have started to bloom this week, and the tomates are doing so well I added stakes to their cages.    That Tuscan basil even likes it a bit more over there – one of the six plants is still alive, though has gone to flower.   (There are ants all over it.)