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June 30th After two weeks without rain, we got some welcome relief this week. We hand water only as necessary, and are grateful for natures assistance. In addition to the rain it has been foggy and damp near the coast of southern Rhode Island. We hope to get a sunny day soon so that we may harvest some of the herbs that we plan to dry. We dry most of our herbs by hanging them and allowing them to air dry. Picking wet plants or drying in excessive humidity can make them susceptible to mold or mildew. This lavender, which my wife uses for soap and sachets is ready to harvest soon.

We have been picking peapods for a couple of weeks now. We like them in salads and stir fry. The remaining pods are starting to fatten and we are eating the tender peas inside. I eat them by the handful like M&Ms. When the peas stop producing , pole beans will take their place on the trellis. An under-planting of radishes will help control the Mexican bean beetles that would otherwise be attracted to this crop.

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Of the three beds that we planted broccoli in this one had the least amount of cabbage worm activity. The presence of fennel is one major difference in this bed. Fennel is not known as a particularly good companion for most crops, and is considered to de detrimental to some crops. Beets and nasturtiums are also growing in this bed and all seem to be thriving.
Our strawberry harvest is almost over and we have removed the netting to allow the birds to share what is left. We will use the same netting to cover these raspberries which are just starting to ripen. Hopefully, by allowing the birds to have continuing source of fruit, they will stick around to feast on insects as well, thus helping to preserve a balance of nature in the garden.
 

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These bush variety tomatoes are still a while from harvesting, but seem to be healthy and thriving, along side of basil and calendula. A thick mulching of seaweed has helped keep them from drying out during the recent dry spell.
   
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