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This week in the vegetable garden

Tasks: Harvesting a whole lot of tomatoes as well as our first tomatillos, lots of Asian cucumbers and bright red Asian hot peppers, and trimming back many of the basils and mints.

Observations: We have several small acorn squash setting on, but they are still several weeks from being mature. The Sunbelt grapes are starting to ripen, as are the raspberries. The cucumber growing on a cage in the Smart Pot has started climbing an overhanging chain but has yet to produce a cucumber!

Challenges: The tomatoes are cracking badly because of the heat and water. Some of the plants are looking a little bit tired because of the heat. Two of the three apples on our tree fell off, but we don't know if the tree got stressed in the heat and dropped the apples, or the wind blew them off.

Anticipated next week: We'll continue harvesting tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and squash, and planning for our fall gardens. Maybe we'll plant a few seeds.

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