Tuesday, June 29, 2010

How does my garden grow?

Jalapeno, Yellow crookneck squash (baby), Watermelon, "Sweet 100" cherry tomatoes, Zucchini squash, Roma tomatoes.  

It is looking like a jungle out there.  We've been eating squash like crazy, preparing it every way I can think of.  I'm the only one in the family who likes tomatoes, so the sweet little orbs are all mine, and the Romas will most likely become salsa along with the jalapenos and cilantro out there.  Chad can go through salsa like nobody's business.  And I don't know what it is about that little watermelon that gets me so excited.  Every time I grow a new plant for the first time, it's a revelation (So that's what it looks like before it gets to the store!).  And it probably has something to do with that mothering instinct (Look at that baby ___, it's so cute!).  I have to monitor the prolifically growing vines regularly, to train them in the direction I want them.  I don't have a lot of space to waste, so I'm trying to trellis vines on the fence where I can.  The cucumbers love to grab hold of the fence with their little curly tendrils.  The strawberries, corn, and cantaloupe still have plenty of growing to do before harvest time, but they're getting there.  And I should probably get the last of those carrots out of the ground...they've been in there forever.  Unfortunately, my kids' affinity for different veggies changes on a day-to-day basis, and most days it's a battle to get them to eat the squash and carrots that they've been known to scarf down in the past. 

I, for one, am loving how delicious squash tastes when it was picked just minutes ago.  I love the smell of the fresh basil and mint when I'm in my garden.  I love the sound the corn makes in the wind.  So, yeah, I love my garden.


Mackenzie said...

I am so jealous that you have a yard. There is nothing I want more right now than fresh produce out of my very own garden!!!

Frances Wallace said...


Tina and Dan said...

Your garden is AMAZING! You really have a green thumb. Ours hasn't produced much this year (a lot of learning happened though), but I know exactly what you mean about it being a revelation when you grow something new.

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