My dream to become a master gardener just got a step closer. I’m in AWE of what my garden did without me for 12 days!

The Eggplant ? had zero new produce growing on it when I left. Now as best I can count it has 20!!

The Cilantro seeds didn’t get blown away and are ready to be harvested for fall planting.

The Zucchini plants, I didn’t plant and wasn’t going to fail at growing again this year LOL, are growing like I’ve NEVER had my zucchini do. The leaves are massive, the branches have extended out like crazy (it MUST be a vine variety) several HUGE blossoms are already blooming and get this – no squash bugs! ??????

The Bell Pepper plant is still small but has 3 huge peppers on it! Can’t wait for them to ripen! ??

And the Tomato plants – holy cow. I don’t even know which variety is which now that they have so grown together and are heavy with LOADS of green tomatoes. Need to figure out which plant is the Green Tie Dyed tomato plant ? so I don’t miss harvesting them. Haha.

And that’s not even the whole of it.

Even my 11pm planting seeds the night before we left has been a succcess. New beans, flowers ? ? and echinacea are all sprouting.

Wow ?

And to think I was almost afraid to go out and look at the garden when we got home. Too many times before it’s been dead even after a short trip away. And this time was the longest. All it takes is a broken water line, extreme heat to arrive or crazy winds and without me there to help out…???‍♀️

This time all the advance preparation I did paid off! Plus a healthy portion of fairy ??‍♀️ dust. ???

Grateful beyond words.

Now it’s almost time to plant my melon seeds. No rest for a master gardener. ?

First meal tonight will be from my freshly harvested basil ? with the edible flowers (4 varieties) and 2 perfect eggplants. Combine this with the zucchini that was in my CSA bag from the farm and we’re going to have my all time favorite basil vinaigrette over dehydrated veggies. It’s going to be DELICIOUS!

Do you have a favorite recipe using basil and/or eggplants? Please share! I need lots of ideas. ?

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