I must admit that patience has never been my strong suit. As a child, alphabetically, I was one of the first ones called; I’m one of those who turns the heat up to high to cook anything (it doesn’t burn if you stir real fast) and, like many my age, I grew up with the 30-minute conflict resolution of the evening sit-coms.
OK, here’s the deal. I have had green tomatoes in my garden for 3 weeks! How long are they green before they turn red and I get to actually eat them? This is my first year growing the full-sized tomatoes (I’ve done grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes before) and my patience is running short.
I went out and bought some tomatoes from a person with one of those large “TOMATOES” signs in his front yard. I drove up to the house and his tomatoes were small and not ripe. I bought a few and they are now sunning themselves on my kitchen window ledge. I remember my mom doing that when I was a kid, but I’m not sure my window ledge in the kitchen gets as much sun as the in my childhood kitchen.
I now have 38 butternut squash on the two vines given to me by a friend from church. OK, when are these things ripe? They are not really yellow anymore, but certainly not orange like I’ve read somewhere. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an orange butternut squash. Maybe I just need to go to the grocery store and see what theirs look like. Here is one that landed itself on my driveway.
My cucumbers are not doing well either. Now, the cucumbers, squash and tomatoes are all in the same small kitchen garden with the same soil (although the squash is taking over part of my lawn and driveway these days) – so what am I doing wrong? Or, do I just need to slow down and be a little more patient?
As I’ve said, that is really not my strong suit.