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Stayin’ Alive

By Penny Stine

It seems like it's taking me longer to clean up my garden this year. Although I've been working at it every weekend and have made a little progress here and there, I'm not done.


Of course, part of that could be that I still have things planted. See the little row of leeks at the end of this plot? Right in front of the dead marigolds and zinnias that have yet to go?


I've got a few beets, celery root and parsnips in the ground, and I haven't given up on my broccoli, either. And of course, the kale stays right where it is because it usually survives the winter and starts producing again by April. 

 

 

I also had a tomato plant that didn't freeze even though we've had freezing temperatures, and all my other tomato plants bit the dust.

 

 

 

 

 

I thought the wind took care of it when it toppled the trellis, but after getting the trellis upright, look what I found!

I've got dozens of green tomatoes turning red on my kitchen counters, but they just don't taste the same as those that turn red on the vine, so I'm leaving these out there a little longer. It's hard to say no to a plant that just wants to live!  

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