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I had a bad run today.  I ran five miles…but in the end it was more like ran four, walked one.  I got home and felt defeated.  I wished I hadn’t even run in the first place.  Not the way you want to feel after you work out.

Then I started to think about this time last year.  There is no way I could have run four miles.  And earlier this year, I said “I’ll train for a 10K but I can’t run a half marathon.”  Then I DID run a half marathon.  I have come a really long way in the past year with my running, and I should be proud, even on my bad days.

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I have pruned a lot in the past week, in great efforts to save the garden.  Every morning I cut off about two or three more leaves…the plants bounce back but the powdery mildew is still there.  The cucumbers and squash might have it but I can’t tell yet.  They are starting to flower.

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The eggplants have grown a lot though I do not see any baby eggplants yet.

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I have been concerned that the peppers are not thriving.  They definitely are still alive but their flowers fall off and die and the plants have not gotten any bigger.  I did some research and I’m neutralizing the soil so we’ll see if that helps.

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The lettuce is still flourishing and we harvested our second zucchini today.

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well…..

We caught the powdery mildew fungus. BOOOOOOOOO

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I spent a lot of time in the sun today pruning out infected leaves.  Only the zucchini and squash had it, so hopefully I caught it in time.  This is what wiped out my last garden and I am feeling a little disheartened.  I also bought a copper oil fungicide to spray tonight which may help.  I guess in the future I need to just spray fungicide every 7 days to prevent this from happening.  I definitely overplanted the garden which may have led to the powdery mildew.

On a happier note, we still have tons of lettuce!  The egg plant is growing up nicely as well as the beans.  I didn’t know how cool beans looked as the grew!

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And LC likes to find a shady spot on sunny days.

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I scowered the garden today looking for flowering plants and came up with multiple zucchini flowers, one bell pepper flower, and one tomato flower.

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I am officially feeling hopeful for my peppers!  

I have been away since last Friday.  I got back late last night and was so excited to see how the garden was doing, I went outside with a flashlight to check it out.  And my oh my has the garden grown!!!

Our seeds of simpson elite lettuce have really grown:

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We basically cannot eat the lettuce as fast as it is grow.  Every day I give packages to friends and eat salads and the garden virtually replenishes itself overnight.

Our snap peas have started growing.  I was really hopeful when I left because the snap peas had started to flower….now they are peas!

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The cucumbers are finally starting to look alive.  It might just be that this variety has weird looking stalks.Image

As a whole, the garden looks beautiful:

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And look at the gorgeous rainbow I saw yesterday:

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I have to say, I’m a little spoiled these days.  I am teaching online classes from home, living minutes from the beach, and I get 3 day weekends with Fred every weekend!  I feel pretty blessed.

Our three cats are starting to get along.  For those of you who do not know, Fred and I just moved in together, creating a new environment for my two male cats and his female cat.  After much hissing, skeptical glances, sniffing, and smelling, things are starting to get better.  LC will willingly stay in the same room as Hermes and Hades and even let them sit close to her.

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Better than just this news, the garden looks FANTASTIC.  The zucchini are coming up in full stride, we have lettuce every day, and I just planted some healthier-looking pickling cucumbers. I am very very excited for pickling!!  More than anything, I want a plethora of cucumbers for making pickles.  I’ve looked into a few different recipes and just think that would be soooo cool.

I also “coffee-ed” the garden on Monday so we’ll see if that does any good.  We’ve been saving our coffee grinds for a few weeks now and I put little handfuls at the root of each plant.  I am planning to also add some vinegar to the water for my bell peppers once they are a little bigger.  I hear they like a nice acid based soil.

So that’s about it!  We are doing great in CT!

 

veggies week 2

So things are moving along nicely in the garden.  After the initial planting, there were three days of rain which caused the plants to look a little droopy and washed out.  A week later, most of the plants have perked up and new leaves are forming every day.  The only plant I am worried about now is the cucumbers but they are at least still alive, if not thriving.

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The lettuce seeds are looking pretty cute (simpson elite):

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Romaine:

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The squash I have been literally been watching grow before my eyes.  Each day a new leaf forms and opens within 32 hours:

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The lettuce starters we planted 6 weeks ago are steadily coming up with new leaves.  I feel like every time I harvest, the new leaves have grown in by the next day.  We have 8 heads that have been really supplying us with some great lettuce.  It is delicious and exciting!!!!

 

Really raging the J Geils Band these days.  Enjoy!