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The Garden is Busting Out All Over

June brings surprising growth, rain, hot sun, and pests. I used to think those yellowish moths were pretty little things. I’ve now learned that they like to drop off their eggs on plants like kale and broccoli. Jerks.

The bok choy and mustard greens have been completely harvested. Some chicory and lettuce remain. So far, a handful of ground cherries in their delicate paper husks. A few strawberries. Endless herbs and chives.

Bottom three shelves: purple broccoli, beets, chard, broccoli, garbanzo beans, fennel, ground cherry, parsnip, oregano, rosemary, artichoke, broccoli, zucchini, purple broccoli, mint, tarragon, and cucumber.

I’m in love with this artichoke plant.

Scarlet runner beans aim to block the view of those unpalatable storefront roofs across Broadway.

View looking north and east. Tomatoes are doing well. Pepper not so much. I think the carrots will be ready in a couple weeks.

I marvel at this ground cherry plant. When the fruit is ready, it simply drops to the ground. As in, ground cherry.

Oh hey there moth. I’m on to your deceitful ways.

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Serious Seedlings

My quest to build a Manhattan city garden continues. And today, it seems like it could actually happen. The tomatoes, broccoli, artichoke, and ground cherry are crazy-tall (maybe too tall?). Just a few weeks behind them is a new batch of new tomatoes, eggplant, and pepper. Per the seed packet instructions, I moved the leeks outside (maybe too soon?), and they seem okay.

Here’s the rundown:

9 leeks
4 ground cherry
4 green zebra tomatoes
4 chocolate stripe tomatoes
3 Waltham broccoli
2 eggplants
2 golden peppers
2 artichokes

Thoughts? Advice?

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