Garden 2012 – Week Fourteen

Hellooooo!  :D

So much excitement to share this week, folks!  For starters, would you look at these!

So many tomatoes are turning red now.  We picked the two ripest and tasted them. 

Gods, they were lovely and sweet (as their name implies), their skin just tough enough that they actually popped when we bit down on them.  Yuuuum!  Can’t wait for more!

Legz’s ‘maters are coming along, too.  See them here, just starting to turn colors?  It won’t be long before we’ll be able to eat some yellow pears, too. 

And lastly, but certainly not leastly, on the tomato front: these beauties!

Remember how I told you we were just seeing starting to see an Abe Lincoln or two?  At that point there wasn’t much to see, but look at them now.  Can you believe how much they’ve grown in just one week?  I have a feeling these bad boys are going to be huge.  Can’t WAIT.

With the start of the Abe Lincolns, that means all but one of our tomato varieties have started producing.  We have yet to see so much as a blossom from our Big Rainbow, although it’s sandwiched between the Lincolns and the Millions in the tomato shade, and gets just as much love and attention as the other two.  My guess (hope?) is that this means it’s simply a late season fruiter.  Fingers crossed!

Speaking of growing quickly, take a look at this cucumber.  Last week it was only an inch or two long, and in fact, it was so small I couldn’t find a good angle to photograph it from.  What a difference a week makes, eh? 

We have a couple more cucumbers on the way, but as last week with the one above, they’re too small to be photographed easily.  They’re stuck in a tight corner and covered in leaves, so between trying to hold the leaves back (without disturbing the daddy long legs that help keep our aphid problem under control) and balance myself, all while trying to focus and shoot the dang photo, it ends up being an exercise in frustration.   You’ll just have to take my word for it for now.

We harvested something else this week; beans.  Again, we weren’t certain how long we should let the pods stay on the plants, and as some plants had managed to lose all their leaves, we figured there was no harm in picking them and seeing for ourselves.

These are the red beans, and as you can see, we clearly didn’t give them enough time to mature.  These have just a touch of color, but mostly they are green.  They taste that way, too.  They were sort of mealy in texture, but very fresh tasting, sort of like a heartier pea.  Yummy, but I would definitely prefer to let them get a little riper next time. 

One thing we’re not seeing any of is summer squash.  For as much as our several squash plants (Sam Jackson is but one of about five) have been growing like weeds and blooming like there’s no tomorrow, we’ve still yet to see fruit.  I did a bit of Googling on the subject, and read that they aren’t the greatest of self-pollinators.  Folks online were talking about having to manually transfer pollen from the male blossoms to the female.  I haven’t had a chance to try my hand at it, but I’m looking forward to learning more.  Clearly there’s something we’re not doing correctly.   I’ll keep you guys posted.

The one crop we just can’t seem to screw up is those crazy peppers.   Just look at all the jalapeños!  I think I’m going to need to make and can a bunch of salsa, just to make use of them all!

And of course there is the ever astounding bounce-back queen herself, Helga (and friends).  I think we’re going to need a bigger pot!

And with that, I bid you adieu for yet another week.  Byeeeee!





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