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Mange tout are coming in fast now :) Tetters has been freezing them down.

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Corn and tomatoes, a daily picking now...two of my garden favorites. Three successive plantings of corn spaced about a month apart insure that we will be eating fresh corn from now through August.

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In addition to the daily picking of tomatoes, cucumbers, corn etc. , I noticed that the mockers had waged a war on the new ripening peaches....so I did a preemptive strike and picked what we wanted.

These are the Florida Prince. They are clearly a very low chill variety to be able to produce anything after the mild winter we had. It is difficult to raise good peaches here in our hot, humid East Texas climate with very mild winters.

These will go into the freezer, peach jam, and a fresh cobbler...small, but very tasty.

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One of the all time favorite veggies here in East Texas is the prolific, heat/humidity loving okra. The stuff is incredibly productive...great on the grill, fried, pickled or whatever. Many more pickings now through August.

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Five pint jars are just the start...each with one jalapeno in the middle. This stuff is to die for...

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Dang! I love gooseberries! Where I was born and raised gooseberries grew wild and when we went hunting, we always picked a bunch of them. Good memories.

Unfortunately East Texas doesn't grow those or rhubarb or currents.
 

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First picking of Lima beans today. I have found these difficult to grow here in East Texas...maybe its just finding the right type for my soil/location. There will be at least one more picking to come on the Limas. The Christmas Lima seems to be the best producer so far out of the King Lima and CANNELLINI LINGOT bean.

Tomatoes and cucumbers just keep coming and coming.

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We have a neighbor who grows very tasty, excellent melons...watermelons and cantaloupes...and I'd rather not grow them myself, for a number of reasons, but always have excesses of other veggies to trade.

This year its peppers...big and small jalapenos and bell peppers....in huge excess. The peppers are still producing but slowing down some but will explode again this fall.

Turning hot and spicy into sweet and crunchy today:

Hot and spicey from my garden


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Sweet and crunchy from the neighbor's garden:

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Its melon season in East Texas and my favorite garden grown melon has to be the honeydew. Full of vitamins and natural sweets this close relative of the cantaloupe provides stunning produce now until fall...only thing to worry about is beating the critters to the bounty.

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Last of the Blackcurrants and first of the Blackberries :)

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