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The garden is in

We shopped and planted today to get our veggie garden up and running: eight tomato plants (because I didn't get as much of a crop as I wanted last year, which means this year we'll be overrun); two broccolis and two cauliflowers; one zucchini, one summer squash, and one spaghetti squash, because this is the first time in four years that we've been able to plant squash after having had a squash bug infestation; two brussels sprouts. I think that's right. We still have to find chard and beans, but otherwise we're in business.

Calvin helped with the shopping, with the dirt mixing, and with the planting. It's fun to watch the improvement each year. The first year we planted he played in the dirt, the second hear he patted a couple of plants, then lost interest, the third was not much different, but this, the fourth, year was much different—he planted about six plants entirely by himself, and helped me with several others as well. We had a good time, but it's hard to believe he'll be six in a bit more than a week.

Our raspberries are well on their way as well, and we got a couple of strawberry plants this year, too.

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