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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    Another morning, another insane cherry tomato harvest. Just one plant in this pic...
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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    Pretty sure it's well under my storage shed.
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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    This morning’s harvest:
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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    We got back Friday from a week and a half out of town. We had a neighbor picking stuff so that our plants would continue to produce well. The idea was to pick everything as I got ripe, but I suspect that she only picked as much as she and her family could eat. I’ll write more later, but wanted...
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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    @ninnymary Sweet million. Life has been too busy to post much, partially because of the garden: harvesting like gangbusters lately. Highlights... For the past week-ish, we've been harvesting double digits cucumbers every day. My wife made a dozen jars of pickles, and we've also given away a a...
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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    @ducks4you insecticidal soap. The key has been examining them every morning and evening and spraying the eggs.
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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    More in the “good soil matters” arena: this is the current status of the cherry tomato plant in the 10-year-old’s garden. Looks like an ad for a seed company. Just wow.
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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    I’ve found and disposed of hundreds of squash bug eggs already this year, but I will admit that my cold, cruel heart took extra pleasure in causing the demise of some of their recently-hatched young this morning. #DontJudgeMe #IPromiseIAmNiceToKidsAndPuppies
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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    And a few more... The crazy growth of the cucumbers, cantaloupes, and watermelon (and a 7-foot tomato plant to the far left.) Using garden stakes to hold this was going to result in a crash, so I purchased some t-posts and installed them shortly after taking this pic. The whole thing seems...
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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    A few pics/comments... I had some pretty serious leaf yellowing that looked like it might be early blight, so as per what I read, I did a ton of pruning of the lower sections of my tomato plants, and 100% pruning of yellowed leaves/stems. This is the lower 18ish inches of my cosmonaut volkov...
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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    The productivity of this Sweet Chelsea tomato plant is blowing me away. Also, this morning‘s harvest.
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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    This morning’s harvest, our produce drawer (all the stuff other than avocados is home grown,) the four mason jars of homemade pickles that My wife is making, and the container of squash she’s putting into a casserole today. It’s beginning to dawn on me that perhaps I may have over-planted for a...
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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    This morning‘s harvest included our first cherry tomatoes! This is the first year that I have grown tomatoes from seeds, so I’m extra excited to see these make it all the way to my family’s dinner plates. And from the second pic, seems pretty clear that there’s lots more to come.
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    Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

    This morning’s harvest.
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