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Strawberry Season

Over the weekend we discovered the strawberries are ripening.  The Girl was confused at first about what the heck Mom was looking for under the leaves until I handed her one and she tasted her first ripe strawberry, warm from the garden.  The taste of homegrown just blows the grocery store ones away, no comparison.  Then she was enthusiastically on the hunt also.  She is sort of learning to pick only the red ones, and Mom is learning to watch her close and inspect berries for bugs and creepy crawlies before she shoves them in her mouth. 

In other news, the sweet corn is up a couple of inches, as are the Zucchini and Winter Squashes.  Pumpkins mostly survived the transplant and I have watered almost every day since they've been out.  Last week we had two days of 90-100 degree temps and I thought for sure they were all going to get cooked.  The only variety that did pretty much all croak was 'Superfreak Goosebumps Hybrid'.  I had a few more seeds left so I soaked them for a day and re-planted them in the same hills yesterday. 

Hubby and I are debating on whether to invest further in our obsession with blueberries.  Since I pretty much already blew my gardening 'budget' for the year on lumber for the potager boxes, I was going to do a living fence of sunflowers to enclose the new veggie garden on the outside edges.  Now, I'm still tempted to spring for peat moss and about eleven #1 container blueberry plants to start a fruity hedge, hmm....  'Northblue' and 'Chippewa' are top variety contenders.  To be continued...

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