I have a short garden update for all those who are interested. I’m thinking that may be only two people, but for those two, I’d say this is exciting.
First of all, I harvested our first squash about two days ago. I probably picked it a day too soon, but I got all sorts of emotional over the whole thing and wanted to get it inside before a jackal or something ran by and stole it. I picked it, we waited a day and then I fried it up in some olive oil and we ate it on top of one of our nightly salads. Strangely enough, it tasted much like other squash I’ve eaten. But I’m thrilled that I got something out of our garden. I have one more squash that I have to check on in a few minutes. I think it may be almost ready.
We had a few cucumber plants growing for quite a while. They’ve been flowering recently, but I’ve been unable to see any fruit. I read an article the other day about how cucumber plants flower, only to have those “male” flowers drop off and die. Generally, they’re followed by “female” flowers that produce what we’re looking for. After I read the article, I calmed down and patiently began picking through the plants in search of some females. Yesterday, I was lucky enough to find one. She’s a tiny cucumber, but at least she’s there. I’m curious to see what turns out.
I’ve had these two bean vines growing like nuts out in our gardening cage. To date, I haven’t exactly seen much of anything from them beyond growing and climbing up the netting. I was wondering if they were going to begin producing some beans or if they were just some sort of ornamental garden plant. Well, as it turns out, I think they’ve decided to get off their butts and do something. By shuffling through a few leaves, I found four small white bud looking things. If I had to say what they were, I’d say they’re the beginnings of beans. I don’t know. You tell me.
On the tomato front – yeah, we’ve got tomatoes. None have turned red yet and I have noticed and remedied a few caterpillars out there drilling holes in a few, but overall, we’ve got about fifty tomatoes of various types growing in the back yard. I check on them and water them daily in hopes that one day soon, I’ll see something turn a shade of red. Hopefully within a few days, we’ll start picking some nice ripe tomatoes. My patience is wearing thin with them and I want some action.