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My Garden is Actually Growing! {Garden Update July}

I’ve heard that you either have a green thumb or are good with animals. Well, most days I feel like I’m pretty middle of the road with both, but I keep at it and each season I gain more skills and do just a little better than last time.

Last summer I got into place four, 4′ x 8′ cedar garden boxes and planted a variety of vegetables, none of which, for one reason or another, grew. This year, I’m at it again, and the garden is looking much better. I have three of the four boxes planted with tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and peppers and all of the plants have vegetables on them currently.

Peppers! The banana peppers are almost ready for picking and will be the first produce harvested from my own garden. I’m not sure what I’ll do with them, since I’m not a big hot pepper person, but it’s a big milestone and I’m pretty excited.

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Cucumbers! The cucumbers were the first of my plants to take off, but have been vicious attacked by a powdery mildew. Folks have suggested using a milk / water solution as a spray to keep the mildew at bay, but I think I might be too late. Hopefully, I will get a few fresh cucumbers from the vines before they are completely lost.

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Squash! My summer squash is growing well and is almost ready for picking. The squash has also been attacked by a powdery mildew, but seems to be holding up well regardless.

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Tomatoes! Many of my tomatoes plants are covered in green tomatoes which will soon turn various shades of red, orange and yellow. I cannot wait to bite into a delicious, sweet garden tomato.

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My small garden boxes are really just a learning experience for me. We also have a large family garden that my sister and Dad tend to which yields an impressive amount of produce during the entire growing season. The beans, corn, potatoes, onion, peppers, zucchini, squash, tomatoes and more, are starting to flourish and pretty soon we will have more than enough fresh produce for our three households.

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