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I love having a vegetable garden.  It is really cool going out into the yard and picking something for dinner.  Yeah, and at the produce shop, I have a little conversation with myself that goes something like this: “No, I don’t need to buy potatoes ’cause we have lots of them. Nope, I don’t need any zucchini cause we have too many of them! And no, no peas for us this week because we have them, too!”  And I smile to myself 🙂

I like it.  We’re still learning. And growing. And changing.  But I think it is all good.  I tend to only put “pretty” pictures in the blog.  I’ll change that this week.  One picture shows what should be the pretty pumpkin flower, but this one is eaten by slugs.  We have had so many, many, many slug this year!  It’s amazing we have an abundant harvest given how much was sacrificed to slugs.   We’ll be changing the layout of the fruit orchard this winter.  The strawberries needed more space than we planned so we’ll be spreading them out.  Now about the pumpkins: they take up a lot of space!  But I love seeing their flowers so late in the summer.  We’re hoping for some pumpkins this year – if they survive the slugs!  Luckily, our potatoes haven’t been affected by the slugs.  Our main crop variety of Organic Sarpo Mira are delicious.  The soil is excellent after the compost worked through it.  It’s quite easy to fork up the spuds, wipe off the dirt, and boil them up!  I think they just might be our favorites of the garden (for the moment, anyway).

I hope you have access to fresh garden vegetables this summer!

P.S. I changed my blog around a little bit. I hope you like it!

A view of the fruit orchard. The rhubarb has been cut, strawberries are overgrown, and the pumpkins are taking over! Apple trees are happy.

Another view of the fruit orchard. The blueberry plants on the right aren’t very big, but we were surprised by all of the yummy fruit!

Our eating apples coloring nicely.

The pumpkins growing like crazy.

Pumpkin flowers.

O.K., here is the ugly picture: the flower on the right has been eaten. I decided not to show you the picture of the slugs 🙂

I have a bunch of these tiny little pumpkins … I’m not sure if they are too late to develop fully. We’ll have to wait and see.

My “Before” picture of some of our blueberries.

The “After” picture of some of our blueberries! They were sweet and delicious!

The bed of Organic Sarpo Mira potatoes, our dinner’s worth, and the fork to lift them out with!

They really are a great size! We’re delighted with their taste, too.

I have to have a picture of flowers in my post! This was about 6 PM this evening. After yet another very wet day, the evening was simply beautiful. And for that I am very, very thankful.