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Early June in the Garden

One of the great things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the rain. That may sound nuts, but it’s true. I’ve done diddly-squat to my garden this past month except try to keep Jenna from destroying it. It just grows on its own. Click here to see pictures from just two weeks ago, and you can see the crazy difference.

One of the things that the native Californians in our family love (myself and Bruce), is artichokes. Jenna and my husband will just barely tolerate them. Artichokes are perennials, which makes them really easy to grow because you never have to replant them. Where we live, artichokes sell for $2 a pop at the store. It’s like we’re growing money! The only problem with them is that you have to soak them for 15 minutes in water before you cook them, otherwise there will be bugs.

Of course, the bad thing about gardening in the Pacific Northwest is the tomato problem. I’m almost embarrassed to post this picture because my tomatoes are so dinky. These are actually normal tomatoes for up here, unless you buy red plastic tents or have a greenhouse. If I’m very lucky, we might get some tomatoes in late September or early October. Growing something like eggplants is just an exotic dream for my yard, since we get so little sun.

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