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Diary of an Urban Gardener


Installment: 4

July, 2010


It will be August in a few days, seems like only yesterday I planted my garden. I am waiting on the watermelons to mature. I had to replant the watermelons and now I will have a late crop, probably early September. I am going on vacation for 2 weeks and the sprinkler system has been set to water the garden while I'm gone. There are still tomatoes, peppers, and okra yet to be harvested.

My friends are asking for more zucchini and tomatoes, I planted a new crop of tomatoes so I will have plenty to share if the weather stays hot. I do have a confession to make, I didn't do the canning of the tomato crop my husband did. He likes his pasta with fresh tomato sauce and I would have put too much hot! hot! peppers and lots of garlic that would have been a little too much for his taste buds.

I think it's just about time to start thinking about what I will plant in my winter garden. I will have to rotate my new crops to take advantage of the sun (late August/early Sept) before the weather cools down.

I will have ripened grapes early October, time to get out the jelly recipes. I have a grape vine that is at least 10 years old and produces large, luscious, purple concord grapes, very sweet and my friends are waiting to eat bowls of grape and jelly if I decide to share.