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Picking some veggies in the garden last night...
This season is miserable for my warm weather veggies. The only plants that are giving me anything to harvest right now are my cucumbers and my zucchini, and, boy, is my zucchini producing! My first was normal, and tasty. When I picked my second, a couple of weeks later, I found one more HUGE one. It was 4 lbs.! I've gotten a couple more regular sized ones since then, and then last night, I found another huge one along with another regular sized one. I don't know why that one plant is doing so well and my others are pathetic (I've gotten one yellow squash so far and only one more funny shaped one growing now), but I won't complain about it.
I also picked 4 more purple beans off of my one little plant and 4 cucumbers yesterday.
I have a box of my uncle's pickling spices. I am not sure how old it is. How long do those spices keep? I'd like to give it a try on those cukes if the spices will still be safe to use. My uncle made the best pickles.
I also picked my one ripe cherry tomato and shared it with my better half. It was the first of the season to ripen. Yum.
I also took a very wise bit of advice I received and put it into action, picking off the rest of the blossoms from the tomato plants so the plants can focus their energy on ripening the little green marbles that are already there. I have so many green tomatoes.
It looks like I will only get one Softball-sized watermelon this year. My experiment failed. I have one other watermelon on the vine that is about a baseball-sized and a couple of marbles.
Say it with me folks, "There's always next season!"
I'll try that same spot again for the watermelon, but NOT use that awful "alfalfa" feed CRABGRASS!!!!! Can you tell I'm irritated? I'll try harder to hide it.
**Edit: added picture below and also added pictures to previous blog entries. Take a look!
( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )
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That's a nice-looking harvest of cues and courgettes. I eat a lot of courgettes (almost every day when they are in season).
Thank you, Sjoerd.
I shall have to take a look in the recipe folder.
Thank you, Sjoerd. I like your idea for filling it. A stuffed Zucchini sounds good. Perhaps a soup, too. Hm. I'd love to see what you find.
Chances are you will not see hornets. But there are many wasp types. They will eat many of the garden pests so I leave them alone. Most are not aggressive unless you get close to the nest. Just don`t swat at them and they will leave you alone. They are everywhere here. Only time I have been stung was when I grabbed an ear of corn and the wasp was on the other side of it. If you get stung, get meat tenderizer with papain (papaya) just make a little paste with that and a drop of water and put it on the sting. The papain neutralizes the venom from any sting.
Wow, thank you!