Yes, this is another garden post. :p It's been six weeks since I put the seeds in the ground and put in the tomato and pepper transplants. Everything is doing well! We've been busy harvesting squash, and I have plans to make zucchini bread today. Yum. The pepper plants have tiny peppers on them, and the cucumbers are growing all over the place. I'm expecting to be able to harvest the first couple of cucumbers in two to three weeks or so, we'll see. The tomatoes keep putting out flowers, but no fruits so far. Hopefully soon.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Last week, I had the first big beautiful flower open up on one of my squashes. It never got pollinated, however, and the little squash is shriveling away to nothing. Determined not to let that happen to my other squashes, I've decided to take matters into my own hands and help nature along a bit. I now go for my morning garden inspection armed with a q-tip. If the bees don't want to do their job, I will do it for them. So I've been going out and pollinating the little squashes. There are one or two open every morning, along with one or two male flowers. Just call me the Pollinator. Ha! It's certainly interesting how the bad bugs seem to have no problem finding my little plants, but for some reason, the good bugs don't seem to be getting the message that there's food to be had. Go figure. Everything is growing pretty well, though I have lost a couple of zucchini plants to the squash vine borer. I decided just to pull them out when I noticed they were affected, since I don't need more vine borers hatching from my garden next Spring... The remaining two zucchini plants are doing really well, and I should be getting some zucchini not too long after the yellow crookneck. Can't wait! Cucumbers are growing nicely, too, and I've noticed the first couple of little male flowers opening up. Hopefully the females should start coming up in another week or so, and then we'll have cucumbers soon! The peppers and tomatoes both are putting out flowers, as well, though I haven't noticed much in the way of fruit yet. Maybe I'll have to help those along, too, I don't know. Will have to bring more q-tips along for tomorrow's morning rounds. :p
Friday, August 07, 2009
I didn't think I was going to post more garden pictures so soon, but I am just blown away by how quickly everything is growing! I only put seeds in for the squash and cucumbers 3 weeks ago, and they are getting huge! The tomatoes are putting out flowers now, but if they grow anything like last summer, they won't actually set fruit until it cools down a bit, maybe the beginning of September. We shall see. I am really happy with the garden so far, I hope everything continues to grow well and we'll get to start harvesting soon!