When you’re friends with a gardener, you get veggies for your birthday.

When you’re friends with a gardener, you get veggies for your birthday.

Anybody want some sunchokes?

Five minutes of picking.

Five minutes of picking.

I planted my zucchini late this year in the hopes that I’d have it at the same time as tomatoes, and lo.

Did you know ripening tomatoes upside down makes it happen faster?

Did you know ripening tomatoes upside down makes it happen faster?

Pink Brandywines finishing on the counter.

Pink Brandywines finishing on the counter.

A couple cukes got away from me.

A couple cukes got away from me.

Blackberry-Oregon grape jelly. I ended up doing jelly instead because we are up to our ears in jams this year.

Blackberry-Oregon grape jelly. I ended up doing jelly instead because we are up to our ears in jams this year.

My canning stash, so far. (Yes, it’s three jars deep in spots.) Tomatoes are next.

My canning stash, so far. (Yes, it’s three jars deep in spots.) Tomatoes are next.

Oregon grape-Eurasian blackberry jam. Native plant versus invasives — showdown in jam form!

Oregon grape-Eurasian blackberry jam. Native plant versus invasives — showdown in jam form!