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This week in the vegetable garden

Tasks: Turning compost, clipping back blooms on basil, harvesting carrots, long beans, Asian cucumbers, Asian peppers, jalapen~o peppers, Swiss chard, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, squash.

Observations: Mexican bean beetles have been munching on lima bean leaves. Cantaloupe is blooming abundantly. Some squash are being lost to vine borers.

Challenges: Keeping the plants watered well in the heat.

Anticipated next week: Harvesting more beans, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes; weekly pulling of weeds, watching for insect damage, deadheading.

Lunch in the Garden: Next week will feature summer squash and tomato saute. Bring a lunch; starts at 12:15 p.m. Friday.