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Update – Epic Battles Zucchini vs. Tomatoes

The tomatoes won the battle of zucchini vs. tomatoes this year. I decided to rip out the zucchini and save the tomatoes about two and a half weeks ago.

Judging by the size of the zucchini plant on the side of the house in, and considering how big it is to how many zucchini I have actually gotten from the plant  (that would be one!), I

July 30th, 2013 0 comments city girl with a garden

Epic battles: Tomatoes vs. Zucchini

All right.

So this picture gallery demonstrates what happens when you give a city girl a garden.

It seems that I have, in essence, created a battle for life between the zucchini and the tomatoes. I knew zucchini were "easy to grow". But I had no idea they were giant plants. Guess I shoulda Googled that one before planting. Geez louise! Ironically, I did read

July 3rd, 2013 0 comments city girl with a garden

2013 Garden

Our veggie garden is in. We mixed things up this year - introducing a few new things, not doing a few things we did last year, and are trying some container gardens and ground plantings to see how they take.

This year, we'll have:

Strawberries - in beds
Lettuce - in beds. Did these from seeds - not sure these will take!
Tomatoes - in

June 22nd, 2013 0 comments city girl with a garden

Hummingbirds & Honeysuckle

When my parents moved to the suburbs of the southern New Jersey shore areas about twelve years ago following a lifetime of Philadelphia city living, they seemed to become obsessed with nature. I mean really, when your mom buys bird watching books, binoculars and invests in plants and feeders to attract birds,  after years and years of shoo-ing pigeons and sparrows from your front stoop

June 10th, 2013 0 comments city girl with a garden

A Small Welcome Spring Project

Setting out a little food in a pretty little hummingbird feeder to tide them over until the honeysuckle comes in.

Wish me luck. I tried this last year and all the food kept leaking out within about 30 minutes of me hanging it - hahaha. City girl problems. ;) Hopefully this new feeder works out better!

April 14th, 2013 0 comments city girl with a garden

We’ve Got Apples

We're welcoming Fall with some home-grown apples. 48 of 'em to be exact. All from one tree in our yard. (Only one of the two produced apples - not sure why!)

Until yesterday, I wasn't sure how to tell if they were ready to pick despite Googling for ideas, which mostly returned vague suggestions like "they will come right off when you twist" or "you

September 26th, 2012 4 Comments city girl with a garden

Still Fig-tastic!

Seriously, this is getting crazy! We are smothered in figs with still more on the tree. LOL!

And, based on some information from my sister-in-law, I fear that our fig tree is just a young one. See, she recently met her neighbor out back who was picking figs from her own fig trees. She had over 100, and apparently one of her trees is as

August 14th, 2012 0 comments city girl with a garden, live

This is a Blog about Broccoli

So, it turns out I should have researched "vegetable plant size" before I willy-nilly shoved a bunch o' veggies in the beds next to my house. But had I done that this blog about broccoli might have been rather boring. Really though, it's still a blog about growing broccoli in Portland, so chances are it's going to be sort of boring - but I hope

July 14th, 2012 0 comments city girl with a garden, live

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