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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.
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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) rsalter@jg.net, Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer) agregory@jg.net, Frank Noonan (copy editor) fnoonan@jg.net and Cathie Rowand (photographer) crowand@jg.net.

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