OMG, I just realized that I haven’t updated this in a while! You see, I’ve been busy! It’s been a great gardening year! Thus far, I have given away bags and bags of rhubarb, more than 125 zucchinis and have harvested 42 Copra onions, nearly 150 cippolini onions, buckets of “Fooled You Jalapeno” peppers, other peppers, some tomatoes (though not in any quantity yet) and the list goes on. All my gardens now are huge canopies of green, and as we move farther into the harvest season, it will be like opening Christmas presents as I peel my way into it….

This delicious French heirloom variety was grown and given to me by my gardening buddy, Kristi P. I can't wait to try it! These are beautiful. Most of these that she harvested were baseball-to-softball size, but is a bit larger. Resembling a winter squash, the  flesh of this round, green zucchini is very tender and fine flavored, making it an ideal squash for stuffing.

Here's a look at the Crop Circle garden as it looks today ... I've been clearing out weeds, as you can see ... finally have them cleared to the edges of the garden, and I've been working on adding organics and fertilizer between the corn rows ... still not sure how well this garden will do ... will depend a lot on weather. But it's been a great warm stretch in the last week and a half!

Since I'm tearing out the asparagus garden (where my rhubarb also grew), I put the rhubarb into these large whisky barrels. You can grow rhubarb in containers - just be sure they are very large containers. I'm going to eventually transplant these into a new raised bed garden, but they may have to overwinter in these large planters. You can also see that I've "stored" a few mature asparagus roots in a container, as well.

Wow, and what a nice surprise today ... got our first egg from our latest batch of chickens! Guess which one is the new egg?? :)

Our Baker Creek Heirloom Golden Sweet Snow Peas are starting to come into harvest now. Though they look green in this photo, the pea pods are yellow and the plants have gorgeous purple flowers. From India, these are a real treat in the garden.

We have been harvesting San Juanito tomatillos like crazy. This is just a tiny batch I got just reaching over the fence and grabbing the first few I could grab ... We've had about eight  90 degree days and twice that many days over 80 degrees - and that's largely unheard of for this area so close to Seattle. I'm anticipating a crop of several hundred tomatillos this year. And yes, we will use every last one of them - that's how good they are. :)

Today, for the second year in a row, I installed a solar-powered FiShock electric fence around my Crop Circle garden. This is to keep the raccoons at bay. Several years ago, raccoons decimated my entire crop of corn. I had a wire fence around the garden, but that didn't deter them. This is the first, best solution.  I did this last year, but I'm not sure if it worked as we had such a bad corn growing season to begin with. I'm not sure how high off the ground to put the wire, and since the wire is over the cottage stones, I'm not too positive about the ground.

I have several hundred tomatillos to harvest today - half of my main garden is tomatillo and they are producing like crazy. While harvesting a bit ago, I found one plant with dozens of these HUGE tomatillos on it. They are large, unblemished, ripe and ready to go! While showing them to my wife, she quipped that they looked like Granny Smith apples. This has been an amazing year for tomatillos. And for you curious gardeners, these really are not Granny Smith tomatillos - they are San Juanito tomatillos.  :)

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