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I haven’t grown anything besides herbs for quite a few years. The last time that I grew tomatoes, I had to wait until September to harvest the four or five ripe ones that made it that year, and that was at least three years ago. I think that it was the year of the tomato blight in Western Massachusetts. Before that year, I had grown tomatoes and basil together for quite some time, I had tried to grow squash, eggplants and peppers, but to no avail. One of my fellow Blandfordites has a wonderful vegetable garden and around August time, she puts up a farm stand by her house and that is where I do as much of my produce shopping until he end of September when she closes up shop.

When I was at Agway last, about two weeks ago, the cashier gave me four little pods, two Bibb lettuce, one spinach and one red pepper. When I got home I followed the directions and put them into one of my big planting pots and I have been keeping the soil and the pods moist ever since. I didn’t have much faith that they would sprout, but as you will see in the pictures, I am getting actual greenery and I am so excited!



I am curious as to how long it will take for peppers to appear, the greens are well under way, but I think that the peppers will be trickier; from what I remember, pepper plants are temperamental, I think. Who knows, it is fun to watch and see them slowly grow.