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Bring on the cucurbits

New cucurbits!

Time to start the last of the main season transplants: the cucurbits! Most people don’t seem to know the word, I use it because it’s the easiest way to refer to the whole family, which includes cucumbers, summer and winter squash, pumpkins and the various melons (it’s the same for cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi, summer turnips, radishes, arugula, mustard, bok choi, Chinese cabbage, many Asian salad greens…meet the brassicas). Anyhow, this is about a quarter of what I’ll need to get the cucurbit patch going. In keeping with this season’s tinkering-with-the-timing theme, I’m a week or two later than usual, to avoid pot-bound plants if the weather takes a while to get ready for them: better smaller and raring to go than bigger and needing an extra week or two to readjust to deeper ground… That’s the idea. As usual, WE’LL SEE!

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