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First Harvest

Pitifully small and shockingly late, I had my first harvest yesterday.  I picked two small 8-ball zuchinnis which were promptly sauteed in a little olive oil and happily eaten.   They were excellent- I do love that variety so very much.

Things are finally turning into summer around here, though we are still having 60s in the evenings (even got down to 50-something last week!).  Cool weather isn’t so bad as long as we are seeing sun, and we’ve had some beautiful sunny days recently.  Hopefully that will crank everything into high-growing gear.  My cukes and eggplants are shockingly tiny, and I have only three little sad okra plants that are barely hanging on.  I fully expect them to die at any moment.

The only thing that’s been loving this weather are my potatoes, which are doing great.  (Well, at least I think so- I’ve never grown them before!)  So far I’ve been lucky to avoid late blight, which is taking a toll on lots of people right now, even some of my neighbors.   I did have to pull off a few leaves which were getting eaten down by Colorado Potato Beetle larvae.  I’ve heard that some other farms around us are having pretty bad infestations, so I feel pretty lucky that what I’ve seen in mild.  I’m told that nothing they are attracted to has been growing up on my hill in a few years, so maybe that’s why, but I don’t really care, honestly!   I’m just happy not to see many of them, not in the least because they are the nastiest looking bugs ever.  I literally did the heebie-jeebie dance after I pulled of a few leaves.  I don’t get grossed out by bugs very often, but yikes. 

For those of you that have been suffering through this bleak summer, I hope everything is growing well for you!

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