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August 5th, 2010

Test Garden Update: Nan Sterman, Encinitas, CA

nanstermanIt has been a really cool summer. Skies have been mostly overcast. Temperatures have barely topped 70, and then on only a few days. We’ve all been asking each other when November is going to end! The upshot for the garden is that things are coming along slowly. Lots of foliage, but fruits are barely ripening—other than peppers, for some reason.

The peppers are coming along a bit earlier than usual this year. I picked a handful of ‘Gusto Purple’ peppers. They are pretty little things—rich deep purple. I absentmindedly nibbled on one as I harvested some tomatoes and what a surprise! They have a bite!

This year’s zinnia ‘Double Zahara Fire’ is fantastic—fiery orange for sure! Though honestly, nothing compares to ‘Giant Lime’.  We grew these back in 2004 and they stay on my top ten list, along with zinnia ‘Magellan Coral’. Those two really rekindled my interest in zinnias.

The ‘Little Potato’ cukes are gone, and I have to say I’m not disappointed. They were ugly, but honestly, there just wasn’t much to them. The ‘Lime Crisp’ on the other hand were really good though produced only a few fruits. I’m gonna seed these again and see what happens.

‘Strawberry Crown’ winter squash are incredible! I’ll take a photo of them because they are too amazing looking to try to describe.

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