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Had a very pleasant visit back home, with good (if a bit cool) weather to top it off. Didn't go on the whale watch, but I did eat a plentiful amount of seafood during my week + stay - pad thai with shrimp at a restaurant in Newburyport, boiled lobster at Barnacle Billy's in Ogunquit, fried clam strips at Woodman's in Essex, and baked haddock at Westside in Peabody. Om nom nom nom.

The drive south was mostly uneventful with traffic only becoming a problem in Virginia (naturally). Still, I managed to make it home in a little over 9.5 hours, which is a southbound record for me. The cats were almost out of their minds with happiness to see me, and they have both been pieces of furry Velcro since. I took today off to recover from the drive and do things like grocery shopping, laundry, and, most importantly, garden maintenance.



For those of you not in the know, I decided to do some raised bed gardening this year. I ordered beds from Frame-It-All - the timbers are made from recycled composite materials that will not rot and need to be replaced in 3 years like pine boards would. The vegetable bed measures 4'x8'x12". I'm doing a version of square foot gardening, where you grow a different crop in each marked-off square foot. The photo below shows the veg bed with all the new plants I put in.



Photo below taken about a week before heading north:



I came home yesterday to tomato plants that were taller than I am (I know, I know - that's not a great feat), an explosion of cucumber vines, spinach and lettuce plants that had bolted, and some of the tiniest green beans I've ever seen. The red bell pepper is still waiting for a mate to join him/her/it on the plant, but there should be some new companions coming soon from the neighboring eggplant. The corn is about 3.5 feet tall. The broccoli crown is getting bigger.











I've thoroughly enjoyed having this little green patch this season, and I've been learning a lot about what I want to plant next year and how I want to do it.
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