Garden update

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Today I thought I’d give you a brief update on the garden. Above are the beets I transplanted last week. They are among the few things that have taken well to the garden. The various cabbage and cauliflower seedlings I planted have been walloped by the bugs.  Seeing these tattered leaves is very humbling.  It gives me a whole new appreciation for the challenges organic farmers face, and crop losses they must endure.  It’s evident why organic is more expensive!  I certainly don’t begrudge them their prices after seeing my poor results.

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This pathetic collard was dug up by my sister’s dog, an unexpected garden pest.  Bad dog!  It was marginal to begin with.  Poor thing didn’t have a chance.

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And the ones I showed you two weeks ago seem to be suffering from “failure to thrive”.  What’s an amateur gardener to do?  It’s not looking good for my cost-benefit analysis.

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They are not all doing so poorly.  The lettuce seeds are coming up.  And this little Chinese cabbage has been spared by the pests so far.

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My prolific zucchini plant is looking bedraggled now, but it is still producing some fine fruit.

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Yesterday I planted some broccoli raab and braising greens starts.  We will see how those do.

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They only had to sit on the patio for five days before I took pity on them.

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All tolled I’d say the fall garden is off to a rocky start.  I got a late start because I didn’t have the heart to rip the tomatoes out earlier.  I’m hoping the weather will be kind to this soft-hearted gardener and allow the new crops to flourish as the summer ones did.  If not, we will be eating nothing but frozen zucchini for the foreseeable future!  At least I have a bunch of zucchini recipes on hand.

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