The garden has been doing okay. It’s overgrown now since the recent rains.
Gardening can produce some unexpected surprises like this mutant tomato gave us quite a chuckle.
and this here kohlrabi was a surprise too. It’s so curious the way it mutated.
For those of you who doesn’t know what kohlrabi is, well, join the club. I’ve never grew it nor eaten it. This year I was adventurous and decided to try some new veggies. I only planted a few kohlrabi seeds for a few seedlings. I didn’t want to over do it, in case we don’t like them.
I read that they taste like a broccoli stalk. I think that’s an odd description.
I’ll have to get back to you on how they taste to me.
Here’s a photo of one of my pretty ones.
I’m happy to report that my orange bell peppers have finally started turning orange. I totally understand why folks don’t grow these jewels much. They’re a slow maturing pepper and it seems like it’s taken too long a time for them to reach this stage. I thank my lucky stars for this plant I grew in a container on the porch because the peppers we planted in the garden haven’t started turning yet.
I had to hand pollinate the blooms on this bell pepper plant. I’ve never done that before. Watching the plants grow from seeds to seedlings to mature plant and now finally the fruit maturing and turning orange gives me such a sense of accomplishment.
The corn is getting closer and closer to being mature enough for a good batch of corn on the cob.
In my 6-24-2012 – Garden Update, I posted a photo of a lovely doe standing in our second garden.
Well that beautiful beastie is making a buffet of our corn. If she doesn’t stop, our corn growing efforts will be wasted… All we want is at least one good cooking of corn.
Last evening, I fashioned a scarecrow out of a tee-shirt, plastic grocery bag, Styrofoam packing peanuts and a couple of coat-hangers and hung it in the garden. I hope it’s scary enough to keep the deer out of our garden.
My Romaine lettuce has grown well and it’s mighty tasty. This is another first for us to grow. I plan on growing it again next year.
In our second garden, the older watermelons are as big as they’re going to get and now need to ripen. The bottoms are the color for ripe but the pig-tails haven’t started shrinking or drying out yet. We tried the thumping method, but they all sound the same. so we figure they’re all still green. We have quite a few grown melons and a few new ones have started since the recent rains. It’s so fun to see our own melon patch. I look forward to us harvesting our first ones. I just know they’ll be a sweet treat like their name implies, Sugar Baby.
As for the squash news… well we’re still getting a couple dozen every few days and my new plants have started producing too… soo, we’re still covered in squash. We’ve given oodles of it away.
We recently found a 4 feet long rat snake in our shed. We were happy to see it because it’s a good pest control. It wasn’t afraid of us and casually slithered away to a different part of the shed while we took some stuff out that we were needing.
And this ends my update for the week.
Wishing you all success and happy gardening!