The Fruits of My Labor

After a summer of carefully watering my garden and defending it from the entire deer population of the Hudson Valley, I’ve had something to show for my efforts. I would have had one (1) tomato, but just before it started to turn red, a deer decided that it couldn’t wait for it to ripen either and ate it as well as about half the tomato plant.

My chili plant, on the other hand, must have smelled very unpleasant to deer noses and thus was allowed to produce seven beautiful big chili peppers.

Peppers!

My cucumbers, on the other hand, produced some small, strange bush cukes.

Strange, alien cucumber

It looks like the cucumbers wanted to grow around the crate I used to support the plant, just like the tendrils on the cucumber plant itself. Any words of wisdom from those with more gardening experience than I? What kind of cucumber do I have here? Anyway, this year’s garden has been a learning experience. I look forward to planning next year’s garden and plotting anti-deer maneuvers.

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