Not much happening here. I sat on my butt most of this past weekend – couldn’t muster the energy to do more than a few items around the house and in the gardens. I never left the house or yard, so my gas consumption was nothing – so I guess that is something.
Black Raspberries: For the last two weeks I have been gathering black raspberries from the bush in my back yard. I didn’t plant it, and it wasn’t here when I purchased my house – so I am thankful to the birds who pooped in my garden. This is the first year I have gotten more than 3 or 4 berries since the bushes appeared 5 years ago. Usually the birds will eat every ripe berry before I get to it. For some reason, this year I was spared. Was it because my neighbors put in several bird feeders? Or, perhaps it was because my dog loves to chase anything that moves in the yard – from squirrel, to rabbits to birds? Whatever the reason, I am already thinking about next year and how to increase production (and ease of getting to the berries). No, I didn’t have enough to freeze, but I was able to forgo my daily purchased raisin consumption and instead had fresh berries on my cereal. Yum!
Tomatoes: I must have started 25 tomato plants back in February. I now have 6 left. The reason? I have passed them on to neighbors and friends for their yard. These are folks who would not have grown a plant had I not either given them the plant, planted the plant in a pot, or showed them how to plant a tomato plant in a larger pot. I guess at one point in time or another, we all needed to have someone show us how to do something for us to feel comfortable enough to actually do it ourselves. Well, up until a few weeks ago I was snipping the buds off the plant so that the stem could become stronger. Now, I have plants loaded with those little yellow buds, and one plant that has three small green tomatoes on it. Now I’m beginning to wonder if I should have kept more plants for myself. Next year, I will plant all the tomato seeds – now that I know when is a good time to start the plants and how easy they were to grow. Live and learn.
Zucchini: I have two zucchini growing right now. I had another one, but it ended up rotting on the vine while it was still small. I don’t know why. I will pick the larger of the two in the next few days. It still seems a little small, but that may be because the plant is in a pot.
Cucumber: I have several plants that have vined out nicely and I have one large cucumber ready for harvest. The plant itself is turning a little yellow, so I hope it is not dying on me. I probably won’t grow these again as I recently read that they have no nutritional value. I enjoy them, but next year I will be more careful with my water and space and grow something with nutrition.
Acorn and Butternut Squash: I get the feeling that these were something I could have waited to plant. Both of these plants (I have several of each) are so large and healthy looking!
Bush Beans: Mmmm… I’ve been eating (snacking, really) off of these plants for about a week now. I only planted about 6 of these – next year I will have to plant more, because they seem pretty easy. Perhaps the least problematic of anything I have grown this year.
Snap Peas: I’m not sure how these will turn out. They are viney and the vines don’t seem very sturdy. So far I have seen one bloom… we’ll see what happens.
All the rest… well, some have made it this far and some haven’t. This was a real learning year for me – the first time I have tried to grow more than two or three different types of food.