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Oscar my neighbor and his damned green thumb.

My neighbor Oscar is showing off again.

While my tomatoes rot on the vine, he grows them as big as softballs. Every year, he turns the lot he owns across the street from his house into a garden paradise, full of corn and peppers and cucumbers and squash and choyotes and any number of other tasty plants.

It’s only March, and he’s already built some nice planters from fence slats.

And damned if he doesn’t already have seedlings.

Please feel free to share your garden envy stories below.

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