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The first veggies from my garden. Two little pickling cucumbers, taken a few days ago. At least 4 or 5 will be ready in the next couple of days.

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There will be dill pickles soon, in the crock on the counter.

I also dug up my first garlic to see how it is doing.

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I had to dig deep to get it out of the ground. It isn’t ready yet, still young garlic, so about another week until I go after the other 11 plants. I hope to have 9-10 heads of garlic suitable for curing.

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This one will make a good addition to a stir fry, or to a pot of greens.

As for other adventures in gardening, much of my basil bit the dust, literally and figuratively.

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We are pretty sure it was the baby bunnies that devastated the basil. I lost 10 plants. Six are left in the garden and four in pots waiting to replace the garlic when I finish that harvest. It could have been cut worms, but something gnawed off the potted plants sitting on the deck, and cut worms can’t get into those shallow pots.

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I think it was this little menace, or one of their siblings. They run all over the yard. They also devastated my neighbor’s sunflower seedlings.

I think hasenpfeffer should be on the menu soon (just kidding, they live a fairly short life around here once the local fox figures out where they live).

Tomatoes are about a week out. The cherry tomatoes closest to turning red.

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On another note, Clark’s produce stand opened today. We saw them when we arrived at Iron Bridge for dinner. Gorman Farm opened their stand last week. Freshly harvested veggies are a real treat.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

2 responses »

  1. If you want to borrow Spy or one of the other dogs in my training group, all of whom are accomplished bunny eradicators, let me know (I am kidding).

  2. I think bunnies decimated my young parsley, dill, and fennel plants, but once they get past a certain age (the plants, not the bunnies) they are not that tempting, so I’ve coaxed a few through the tender stage and I think they will be set.


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