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the First EggPlant this year along with Bush & Yellow Zuccs, Plum Toms and a mess'o Beans
the First EggPlant this year along with Bush & Yellow Zuccs, Plum Toms and a mess'o Beans

First EggPlant this year, isn't it pretty? Still can't go into the garden without a basket, might have to make several trips.

Veggie Porn, a closeup of the First EggPlant
Veggie Porn, a closeup of the First EggPlant

The Cucumbers look near done, I know they will surprise me once or twice yet. The Edemame will be big next week or the week after. The Cantaloupes will come all at once in a week or so, I love Cantaloupes.

The Fall SnowPeas are doing good, not yet reaching for the trellis tho. The Beets will need thinning & weeding soon.

a Wormy Cauliflower
a Wormy Cauliflower

Who would believe I would put garbage on the Internet? A week+ ago Fran said I should pick the cauliflower. I was greedy and lazy. Greedy because I wanted the cauliflower to get bigger, and lazy because I put off the picking.  Well I got around to picking the cauliflower and cursed at my waiting too long, threw it in the yard waste and posted this picture, the garbage, on the internet.

the Winter Squash from a ladder on the deck
the Winter Squash from a ladder on the deck
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the Winter Squash from outside the fence

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This is our first year for Winter Squash, a fun to grow plant for the Victory Garden. It grows aggressively and produces a lot. It would like a garden much larger than Fran's Victory Garden. It is not easy to tell from the pics, but, the plant has grown about five feet or more in every direction from the spot it was planted. On the paths, I turn the runners back toward the plot.  Where it stays on the plot, it has overrun the Cabbages, Cauliflower and is threatening the peppers.


We haven't cooked with them yet, but I hear that they make a better pie than pumpkin.  Here are some other Butternut Squash Recipes.

a Sunny Cornucopia and a gift Lavender plant
a Sunny Cornucopia and a gift Lavender plant

New harvests in this last week or so have been plum tomatoes (squirrels like them), pole beans are just starting, cucumbers slowing down, and the firsts of the winter squash.

The last few weeks have been busy, Dental Surgery, recovery, Battle with the Baby Bunnies, weed whacking the garden paths, and a family reunion have come before blogging about Fran's Victory Garden. Just now the garden is bountifully producing, We have fresh garden veggies in many dishes, healthy for us.  We are also giving produce to family when they visit.  Come to our house and leave the car unlocked and you will find a zucchini in it when you leave. ...continue reading

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Is this baby bunny a garden terrorist?
Is this baby bunny a garden terrorist?

This would be hilarious if it were happening to someone else's garden, but, it is my garden. Baby bunnies were living in the garden and I was trying to encourage them to leave. How do you trap bunnies in a garden, what can you use as bait? What is the movie that has a subplot where a gardener is trying to find how a rabbit is getting thru the fence and is going crazy because he cannot find what to fix only to find the rabbit now lives in the garden? ...continue reading

First Beans, Last Beets
First Beans, Last Beets

The first beans, and the last beets. There are two big trellises of beans, last year they did real good, this year looks to be even better.

The beets were a disappointment, planted about 20 square feet, but rabbits got in the garden, and rabbits like beets.  Rabbits also like cabbages, no cabbages for the humans this year.  In a separate post I will detail my battle against the bunnies.

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Fennel, Artichoke & Pineapple on the grill
Fennel, Artichoke & Pineapple on the grill

First Fennel & Artichoke this year shown on the grill in this pic with some pineapple. The first pepper last week went to the omelet too quick to get a pic.

I think a chipmunk has been eating the cabbage. The cabbage was big, but I got greedy and wanted to let it get bigger while we went away for a weekend at the Black Sheep Inn in the Finger Lakes to go to the Watkins Glen Wine Fest. We got home and the head of cabbage was destroyed and I saw a little fat rodent scurrying in the garden. Not a rat, too big for a mouse or vole, brown so not a baby rabbit. Damn! It has been eating the beets also, double Damn! Oh well, I'll leave the damaged cabbage for it to eat so it leaves the fennel alone, I hope.

Gold Cherry Toms from the Topsey Turvey hanging over the deck.
Gold Cherry Toms from the Topsey Turvey hanging over the deck.

First Gold Cherry Tomatoes in the Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter on the deck this year. This is the second year using the Topsy Turvy, it has its pros and cons, a review to follow...


Raspberry Rhubarb Pie FixingsNot enough for a Raspberry Rhubarb Pie, but Fran will stretch it with strawberries.

Picking Cucumbers.  Still picking Beets & Snow Peas.  Zuccs soon.

Here are some more pictures of the garden.

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The garden at the side of the deck
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The New garden behind the deck

First Cucumber this year
First Cucumber this year

First Cucumber this year! Harvesting a handful of Raspberries every day, not enough for a pie though without saving them up. Besides celebrating first harvest of each veggie, posting here will track the date for when I look back in the future.