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Yes, I have a garden. There is never a part in the year when there aren't crops growing or ready to be picked. Excluding the lemon tree, there is only occasionally a part in the year when there aren't crops growing or ready to be picked. Despite occasional overlap, they generally follow seasonal growth patterns as usual. Here, in no particular order, are the summer crops we planted and how well they did.

Tomatoes (regular): We were drowning in these for a while, but they're dwindling down early. A little weird, but not too so.

Tomatoes (cherry): Absolutely ridiculous growth. One plant gave us baskets and baskets of thumb-sized tomatoes, and though it's slowing down we're still getting a bunch. It's had to be trimmed back so it doesn't crowd out one of our miniature rose bushes.

Tomatoes (grape): Didn't do very well. It was probably stymied by the regular tomato plants growing next to it.

Cucumbers: Haven't gotten one yet, which is fairly irritating. It didn't help that bugs kept eating the leaves.

Peppers (bell): Few, but big. The red bell pepper we'd picked was both enormous and very sweet.

Peppers (Anaheim): Growing. The plant seems to have somewhat recovered from a partial break of the stem caused by me being careless while checking the cucumber plant.

Pumpkins: We had no intention of actually planting it, and were surprised when it popped up. The lack of heating of the compost pile is probably to blame. It's flourishing, but not fruiting yet.

Green beans: Early summer crop was good and is starting to die off. Late summer crop is doing well and in bloom.

Yellow bush beans: Decent amount in the first crop, second crop isn't showing signs of fruiting yet.

Onions: First few are ready to be picked, but the rest are refusing to go brown and wither. Those are going to be good-sized onions when they're ready. We also have a mutant plant that's sprouting root bulbs where the seed pods are supposed to be. I'm tempted to plant one of the top bulbs to see what happens.

Broccoli: We had an enormous plant with lots of secondary and tertiary growth, but it's long been replaced with the second green bean crop.

Potatoes: Lots of them. Five plants gave us dozens of small potatoes, and they were delicious. A few were downright huge for the type. The spot they were in was given to the cucumbers that refuse to grow.

Lemons: Has been in its full growth for years and even several bags and a pair of clippers aren't enough to stop it being heavy with fruit. This tree fruits year-round.

Oranges: Had a good crop early in the summer, but it stopped producing for this year a while ago.

Blueberries: We had a fair-to-middling crop size for a couple of months, but they're only a couple years old yet.

Figs: Fruited late, had to be cut back. I don't pay much attention to the fig tree except to watch June bugs eat the fruit.


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