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2014 Growing Season

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i took these last evening while picking basil for dinner. proof that you don't need to have a perfect garden to get decent harvests.

compare with similar shot of pristine garden at the start of the season

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and this one too. the trellis for the san marzano patch at the right has all but collapsed thanks to recent wind/rain.
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but the plants don't care.
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nor do the peppers care about weeds.
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but the chard and cucumber may be even more tolerant.
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what happens when you forget to mulch both sides of the basil bed?
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please admire my weed forest.
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I eat too many tomato sandwiches as it is during the summer but If I had all those in my backyard I'd only eat tomato sandwiches during the summer.

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FWIW, just back from Madison, WI and I have to say that the variety and visual quality of the stuff at the Dane County Farmers Market blows away the market at Union Square. I ate many tomatoes, most of which came close to blowing my mind how good they were. Raspberries didn't suck either.

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Well when you're used to the usual ingredient quality in NYC the USGM is golden. :ph43r:

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Let's be clear - it's certain ingredients at certain times of year.

 

You're not gonna tell me that the scallops, clams, black sea bass, striped bass (okay, any local seafood) or apples, Niagara or concord grapes, tomatoes, corn et.al. are worse here than in Madison, WI during the growing season, are you?

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eh seafood aside - they might be. Better climate in the summer, better soil. Certainly cheaper.

 

However in about three weeks you'd much rather be eating from USGM.

Cheaper, maybe. Better soil and climate - in Madison, WI? Doubtful.

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Forget the seafood.

 

Not that I did any sort of scientific survey but the tomatoes I ate from the Dane County Farmers market were quite a bit better than the small sample of tomatoes I ate this year in NY and CT. I ate approximately 10 samples of different tomatoes over a two day period in Madison plus a few more at restaurant meals. Really fantastic stuff.

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