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Harvest Monday--The Summer Garden

July 8, 2013

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Well, it’s just zucchini but it is something to celebrate. It’s the first harvest from the summer garden.

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I sauteed the zucchini in olive oil with celery and a small clove of garlic. Last minute additions: lime thyme and lemon pepper.

To retain some green on each strip of zucchini, make diagonal crosswise cuts, then slice vertically into three or four strips. I learned this from a Japanese chef who “played” with fruits and vegetables as a child.

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The haricot vert pole beans, ‘Emerite’ yielded the first handful today.

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With only the slightest encouragement the vines have already topped the seven foot trellis.

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The first 'Cherokee Purple’ tomato, found while “pruning” my tomatoes.  Check my post last week on Preventive Pruning for Early Tomato Blight Control.

Blossoms appear on the eggplant and I spotted a nearly full size green pepper this weekend.

Later this week I’ll show you what I did with about thirty pounds of plums, gifts from a neighbor.

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And just outside the garden gate in the alley are these beauties–matilija poppies, native to southern California. See more images here in a post from last year.

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