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I grew this: Readers share their garden bounty

BIG BERTHA: That’d be the name of the sweet peppers. The gardener is Laura Lee of Drexel, Mo., who started out with the biggest plants she could find. “With all the rain, they have done really well,” she says. And where did Laura get her plants? From the place she works, Sullivan’s Greenhouse, which grows organic herbs and veggies to sell to Kansas City gardeners.
BIG BERTHA: That’d be the name of the sweet peppers. The gardener is Laura Lee of Drexel, Mo., who started out with the biggest plants she could find. “With all the rain, they have done really well,” she says. And where did Laura get her plants? From the place she works, Sullivan’s Greenhouse, which grows organic herbs and veggies to sell to Kansas City gardeners.

How did your garden grow this summer?

I planted pumpkins for the first time and was amazed that they start out green. Neighbors would ask how the watermelons were doing.

My kale sprang right up, but I got just one healthy salad out of it before tiny green worms turned up uninvited. Speaking of “guests,” my leaf lettuce looked promising until some creature with a big mouth — I don’t even want to know what — devoured most of it one night.

This is the third year of The Star’s “I Grew This” photo project, in which we invite Kansas City gardeners to post pictures of themselves with the fruits (or veggies) of their hard work. (We started in 2010 but skipped the scorching summer of 2011.)

Here in FYI, we’re publishing an assortment of this year’s pictures along with gardeners’ tips and tricks. We also invite you to go to Mingle.KansasCity.com to look at all the photos and to upload your own.

Thanks to everyone for sharing. (This doesn’t apply to whatever ate my lettuce.)

To reach Tim Engle, call 816-234-4779 or send email to tengle@kcstar.com. On Twitter @tim_engle

More photos at Mingle.KansasCity.com (click Home & Garden, then I Grew This 2014)

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