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    June 25, 2009



    While traveling - West to East - I am surprised at how many share your feelings. An era is over!


    I just grabbed some lovely yellow tomatoes from my back deck. I grew them in containers- I am so very proud of them.


    It's such a tragic end to a beautiful career.

    Tomatoes are so yummy!

    Hugs and Mocha,

    Heather's Garden

    Mom -- It really is.

    Jasmine -- I'm jealous. It will be a while before I get ripe tomatoes...if at all this rainy cold summer.

    Stesha -- Thanks for stopping by.


    Hi there!

    I'm new to gardening (got into it around mothers day) and I stumbled upon your site by googling 'ichiban eggplant.' Anyway, people keep asking me why I'm sad for MJ as well. I'm 27, and I don't think it is so much being sad for the man, my heart goes out to his family and those close to him, but my heart aches for the music. The feeling I get when I hear 'PYT' or 'Human Nature' is what I associate with MJ, the memory of riding in my uncle's car as a little girl, those feelings and memories are what I associate with my sadness with his death. Not the man, but the music he gave me is the soundtrack to many fantastic and heartfelt moments of my life.

    I hope this makes sense.

    Love your blog, btw!

    Heather's Garden

    T -- Very well said. And congratulations on joining us in the gardening world. Isn't it fun?!



    I've been working on my moms yard as an extended mothers day gift. We're in the Inland Valley of CA about an hour east of LA, an hour west of Palm Springs and an hour north of San Diego, we get the best and worst that weather can offer. Prior to my starting the project our backyard was nothing more than weeds and dirt with one very productive Eureka lemon tree. I ordered 6 yards of compost that I moved and spread around myself and now I've grown silver queen corn, spaghetti squash, zucchini, watermelon, tomatoes, ichiban eggplant, basil, chocolate mint, serrano peppers, cucumber, navel & washington orange trees, and an asian pear tree I rescued from being tossed out at Lowes. I save seeds from almost everything I eat.

    I'm far from where I want it to be but I'm happy I've gotten things to sprout which proves I don't have a total black thumb. This week I've germinated Big Max and Atlantic Giant pumpkin seeds, dragon fruit seeds, passionfruit seeds, dragon's tongue beans, and black (turtle) beans.

    I have read a few books but I really have NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING! I've signed up to participate in the coop extensions master gardener program.

    I'm very excited every time something sprouts and after looking through your blog I'm really interested in documenting this journey. I used to be sooooo terrified of bugs but I was very excited to see the earth worms in my heavily compacted clay soil and lady bugs hanging around. I only get to garden on the weekends because I work and go to school during the week and when I'm not there I miss my plants terribly! I worry about them because our temperature can get up to 110 degrees.

    Sorry if this was really long but I am very excited and I don't have many people in my life that can relate to the feeling I have when I see something germinate or cuttings root, except for my 4yr old niece that loves that 'her' corn and 'her' garden is growing.

    Thank you for allowing me to share.

    Heather's Garden

    T -- Phew, that was a tome! I know exactly what you mean though. You might enjoy blogging a lot. It's a great way to revisit your garden when you can't be in it or here in CT when the snow just won't stop! It's also a great way to make gardening friends.


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