5.15.2012

The Birth of a Potential Pickle

We have a cucumber in the Ballpark!

A seven-incher that is about drop.  Here's how it looked about ten days ago...


Then, last week...


Here's how it looks today...


Another half inch or so, and it will be ready for some raspberry vinaigrette.  

There's another baby one on its way...


We are amazed and excited!  He's a little prickly right now, but we like his yellow hat.

The broccoli is starting to look like broccoli, producing thick outer leaves that are a precursor to the florets. 


We've harvested about ten green beans!  We generally eat them raw because we only have two bean plants, and they produce about two beans every few days.

I have boiled a few.


But, it hardly seems worth the time and electricity.  I don't see a green bean casserole any time soon.

The watermelon plant is growing nicely, but as of yet, has no flowers.


He's very confident though, keeps reaching out his lacy leaves, trying to leave the nest.  We hope he's just a late bloomer.  We love watermelon, or H20-melon, as our daughter the chem teacher has labeled it. 

Our carrots and tomatoes asked not to be highlighted at this time, as they have not done diddly-do.   I think they're embarrassed.  And a bit shy, not as confident as H20 man.   

The hog/star of the garden so far is the butternut squash.  We have several little gourds in process.


 



I'm very excited about this, because these butternuts will be part of one of my favorite recipes, Squash Pizza.

Our lettuce is doing great too.  


We pluck leaves for garnish, or tucking in wraps.  There's not enough for a salad.  I don't know how many crops we'd have to plant to create an actual meal.


We're surprised every day by what happens in the garden.   While I'm in a doctor's office, or doing laundry, or helping Mom with a shower, or writing, cucumbers and butternuts are drinking in nutrients and sunshine and stretching their skins and changing colors.  It's magical.

Any gardeners out there?  When do you pluck a cucumber?  How can you boost some lazy tomatoes?   And H20-melon?  Inquiring, novice gardeners need to know.


14 comments:

Annmarie Pipa said...

the cucumbers are the best!!! we eat them every single night in the summer..and never get sick to them..with salt and vinegar..oh heaven!! don't let them get too big...the smaller the crunchier and the better!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, lovely! I love the feel, smell, and general peace of mind a garden brings. Oh, and the taste--an added bonus!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

We don't have a garden ... in the past, we didn't want one because our dogs would get into the garden and eat the bounty. Perhaps a small raised-bed garden would be in order for next spring ... there are just the two of us.

Lynn Proctor said...

awwww i love looking at your wonderful pics of your beautiful garden--how i love gardens---one of my grandmothers had a large garden for years--both of my sons have planted one this year too--love your cucumber!

Dana said...

How exciting! I love seeing gardens grow. :)

Tracy said...

Oh Mare, how fun is that! I love all the sings of growth and life....enjoy! I use to be a gardener but not so much anymore becuase other things keep me busy!

That corgi :) said...

All are looking great!! We haven't had a garden in a few years; I like how your cucumber is looking!! It is neat to see the "fruit" of your efforts as things continue to grow!!

betty

Cindy Dwyer said...

Beautiful garden.

Tomatoes are picky, there are certain plants they don't do well next to. If I were more helpful, I'd be able to tell you WHICH ones in particular, but I don't remember. Sorry!

SweetMarie said...

This is really fascinating to watch! I just love it! I keep showing hubby. We're definitely going to have a garden one day. :)

Danielle L Zecher said...

Your garden looks great! I love the pictures of the baby veggies, they're so cute.

Michael Ann said...

Wow! Your garden looks wonderful. Who said you aren't a gardener? Congrats!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Your garden is looking wonderful. We used to have a huge vegetable garden years ago, but I got fed up (literally!) with spending so much time canning, cooking, and freezing the bounty. Now, we just put in a few tomato plants, a couple green peppers, and my herbs.

The H2O melon reminded me of an old "Honeymooners" show. Jackie Gleason and Art Carney kept calling water "HO", because, they said, even though it's written as H2O, the "2 is silent."

Ruth said...

Your garden looks great!
I grow broccoli too. Not sure if you knew, but after you pick the main head, you will get side shoots all summer. The first time my husband and I had a garden he didn't know that and brought me 12 plants. Oh my!
You can buy feed for all your veggies- organic or even plain miracle grow works good.

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

You have a wonderful blog, Mare! I love your photos!