Zucchini!

With all of the rain the garden is growing like crazy. The sunflowers and beans we planted came up almost overnight and the corn grows a foot every time you turn your back on it. We were even able to harvest our first zucchini. 

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With squash and melons you need to pull the female flowers off of the fruit once they die to prevent rot, so I had been keeping an eye on this guy since I pinched the flower off a week before our workday. I am super excited for zucchini bread, zucchini soup, and all other things zucchini.

At the workday we also planted beets and tried a new pest control technique for the flea beetles that are forever eating our eggplant leaves. We applied diatomaceous earth, which is an organic pesticide comprised of fossilized hard-shelled algae. It looks like I sprinkled the garden with powered sugar, but on the scale of bugs this rock is sharp enough to be a deterrent. We finally have baby eggplants growing in the garden so it looks like it is working. 

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