Thursday, July 21, 2011

Week 8 - Nothing is wrong with the zucchini!

In fact, it's producing epic sized zucchinis such that it's a bit hard to keep up with it. We had to google a whole bunch of recipes of things to do with it. Not only are they huge but they are plentiful. The second plant that looked on the verge of collapse has rebounded and it seems like every visit we walk away with at least 2 fruits.

After a week away the garden was predictably plagued with weeds. The first night back I was almost a bit overwhelmed with everything I saw near ready to eat.

We took a head of leaf lettuce and another huge head of romaine. I'm still working my way through that, it is delicious. The leaf lettuce is a total winner, it stays crispy in the fridge, has a great crunchy but yet butter texture. We also got a nice sized cucumber which is lovely and firm, not at all very seedy or watery like some you can get from the grocery store. Also, about 1/2 a dozen pickling cucumbers which seem to be practically dripping off the plant. This weekend we intend to do some pickling.

I was able to snatch a handful of sugar snap peas which are fine to eat just like that, I can only imagine how much more tender they will get after a quick steam.

It looks like the bean pole just about fell over but thanks to our neighbor Steve he has turned it from a bean tee-pee to the leaning tower of beans-a. Get it? Moving on...

Our other neighbor Adam gave me a quick lesson on how to properly prune tomato plants as ours were a little out of control. I removed a few handfuls of stems to allow light, water and bees inside the plant. They are practically collapsing under the weight of the tomatoes

The pepper plant still only has one pepper on it. The jalapenos have a few. I will plan to plant more of these next year.

Onions are bulking up like little weighlifters. I checked on the neighbors plot to get an idea of how you know they are ready. I guess I can expect to actually see the onion bulb visable above the soil when it's time to come out.

We have a pumpkin. It seems to be growing at an insane rate. I'm going to have to figure out how to make pumpkin pie from scratch asap.

Our first real haul was pretty good, and I've been enjoying it all week, especially since I discovered a few bottles of my favourite salad dressing that's been discontinued, at my local convenience store!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Week 6: What is wrong with this zucchini?

The Garden, Canada Day 2011.

It was a hot hot hot weekend at the garden, I'm a bit sunburt. We hopped on our bikes on Thursday thinking it would be an easy trip, turns out it's about 9km entirely uphill, so, yeah, probably won't be doing that too often.

It got watered every day, and still things change every day.

The biggest change I've noticed is that there seems to be possibly something wrong with one of the zucchinis. I put them in cages in an attempt to contain them somewhat from the small pathway. The leaves seems to be disappearing, I see no bugs on them. Maybe they're rotting away? There was a tiny zucchini coming along, looked fine and then suddenly one day it was mushy and rotten.

What's going on here? What should I do? I've just been giving it water as usual and not fussing over it, mostly because I have no idea. There are still some new growth, healthy looking young leaves coming through. Is this normal?

I finally was able to thin out all the onions. It took me a while to get over the idea of plucking out good looking plants but I think it needed to be done. Besides, I used the onion greens and some dill in a wicked potato salad so it wasn't all bad :)

We've got a cute little pepper growing! Someday it will grow up to be a red pepper. Go little pepper go!

More tomatoes are coming in, I'm starting to grow fearful at the sheer mass of tomatoes that are going to be ready at the same time.

Lettuce is good to go as of next week. We have been putting blood meal down and around the base of the plants which seem to be keeping the nibbling animals at bay. I'm really looking forward to this, and the crazy mixed greens we have going.

Pumpkin is exploding everywhere. We've got two pumpkin plants and they are both doing great. The other melon plants are also coming along, but they are a little less flamboyant.

Next weekend we leave to go camping for a week and when we get back we should see a bunch of things getting ready to come out. Definitely something to look forward to returning to!