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  • June plant swap is Saturday
    “June Plant Swap” is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Reservations are required by Thursday; 427-6000 or go to www.
  • Workshops focus on preserving produce
    FORT WAYNE – The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County is offering Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops on safe home food preservation procedures and to answer frequently asked questions on canning, freezing
  • Master Gardener helpline available
    A free Master Gardener Volunteers Helpline is available through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding, Ohio.
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Tomato plants grow best when there is one per pot. Juliet grape tomato plant loved June's weather.

Mother Nature took care of my garden

Cathie Rowand/ The Journal Gazette
Vegetable garden grew well on its own during the month of June.

I arrived back from India to a garden I didn't recognize. All the plants were tiny three weeks ago and now they are huge. The Swiss chard is ready to be picked. There are a few green tomatoes and some tiny cucumbers.

In India, it was dry with an average temperature of 110. I had visions of my garden withering away from heat and lack of rain while I was gone.

My friend who was caring for my garden said she didn't have to do anything. It has been a wet and warm so far this summer

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)