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By Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi
The Times 

Return to Reality and the Overgrown Garden


August 10, 2023

I returned from Europe earlier than Daniel, and I couldn’t wait to see the garden’s progress (or lack thereof). I was greeted with a few ripe tomatoes, two lemon cucumbers, onions, a few tiny crookneck squashes, about ten heads of cabbage, and weeds beyond what I could imagine. The first evening home, I picked the tomatoes and cucumbers, then called it a day; the weeds aren’t going anywhere.

When I left for Europe, there were two little crook neck squashes about four inches long, growing as slowly as possible. When I came home about two weeks later, I could not believe how many there were and...

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