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June 24th 2010
archived under: Gardening, Home & Garden

On the first day of summer, my tomatoes celebrated by deciding to ripen a bunch of themselves at once!

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The red ones were turned into sauce already – which we ate over some chicken breasts with mozzarella cheese melted on top (like a non-breaded Chicken Parmesan). It was delicious and SO fresh-tasting. There was only a bit leftover, which I froze as part of the post-baby meal stash.

Aren’t the little yellow pear tomatoes SO cute? I haven’t used them yet, but I think I might put them in a cold green bean salad with bacon. Sound good?

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Tomatoes, peppers, zucchinis.

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The pepper plants look healthy overall but the leaves are sort of all curled like this. Does that mean something? They get enough water, I’m sure! I mean – did you see the juicy tomatoes? They’re in the same soil in the same box getting the same water. So what’s the deal, peppers?

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Zucchinis are still coming, too.

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Perfect! Also, we accidentally overlooked one until it was HUGE. I swear it’s bigger than my entire forearm. No picture of that one though.

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My basil and green onions. I usually grow a different kind of basil with huge leaves. This is good too but next year I’ll make sure to get the big-leafed one again. I just like it!

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Squash, more tomatoes, our sad un-ambitious cucumber plant, the cantaloupe (the one climbing so high!), watermelon, strawberries, and another pepper plant with curled-up leaves.

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And look who else has a bun in the oven! SO cute! Not much in the world of home gardening is cuter than a baby watermelon.

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The artichoke plant is also doing very well. Though, like I said before, I think it won’t produce any artichokes until next year or the year after.

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The roses are finally in bloom again! You might remember they were COVERED with gorgeous flowers before… well, right after I posted that blog entry, my husband decided to “prune” the plants… but he hacked them to tiny little flowerless balls of plant… I actually cried. A lot. Now I forgive him.

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And the roses outside of our bedroom window – so pretty!

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Every day I sit outside and just soak it in. I love how green it is!

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SO pretty… it’s a wonderful place to relax!

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… except for those little spots.

Are those from *gulp* dog pee? Does dog pee hurt grass? What can you do about it?

We’ve fertilized but the grass doesn’t seem to be responding in those spots.

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