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May 20th, 2011

High-Achieving Volunteers

I harvested the black-eyed peas today, the Italian heirloom variety ‘Fagiolino Dolico de Veneto’. They suffered badly in the heat. Guess they’ve been away from the South way too long. Ill try again in fall, but they may be a winter crop here. The beans are really small—the biggest was only 1/4 inch. I hope that means they’ll be tender.

Here’s a weird thing: I have a window planter box outside the kitchen window where I often grow greens and herbs, etc. Well, there is the absolutely most beautiful popcorn plant in it now, just starting to tassel. I doubt if it will “ear.” There probably isn’t another corn plant south of Orlando! Why is it that something that came up on its own outperforms what you bust a gut over?  —Andres Mejides, Homestead, Florida

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