Posts Tagged ‘Pumpkins’

July 29: Waiting on the explosion of red

Since my tomatoes have been kind of slow to ripen, my sister brought me some of hers Saturday. Oh my gosh, are they good! I expected just a couple, but instead she gave me about two dozen. We had BLTs for lunch, I had a slice on my burger for supper and plan on having a plateful before I go to bed tonight.
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July 20-21: Vines hiding all the good cucumbers

Note for next year’s garden: Remember to thin the cucumbers.

That they are so thick may be one of the reasons some of the cukes are getting bigger than I’d like them to. It’s difficult to see the cukes when they’re small — even when I turn over the vines and think I search really good, I miss a few.

By the time I do see them, they’re what we called “slicers” on the farm. They’re big and seedy, and don’t taste very good sliced and raw. If you pick cucumbers for money (like I did as a kid), you also learn quickly that the smaller the cuke, the more money it’s worth. Slicers brought in very little money. And Mom always knew that if there were a lot of slicers we weren’t doing our job searching for all the cukes under the vines.
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July 19: Four inches of rain and counting

Another inch of rain this morning makes 4 inches in three days – wow. Talk about an about-face in the weather department!

The garden is pretty muddy, so I didn’t chance falling on my face (or butt, more likely) by trying to walk in it. I did want to check on the rain total though, so fortunately I was able to see the rain gauge from outside the fence.

Just the daily east west photos today, plus another that shows how Jeepers the pumpkin is growing. It’s almost hard to see the nearest tomato plant, and it’s about 3 feet tall! Once the garden dries out, I can see I’m gonna have to do some retraining.


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July 14: Finally, a red tomato (or three)

I thought this day would NEVER come. And frankly, I didn’t expect it today.

20120714-212518.jpgBut mark it down, today, Saturday, July 14, 2012, I found three red tomatoes in the garden. I was checking out all the green ones (there are lots of them) when I did a double take.

One of the plants that had gotten beat up the most by mid-June wind and my lack of attention was the proud bearer of three slightly red cherry tomatoes. They were hiding low to the ground, but there they were.

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July 9: Jeepers, pumpkins sure are Creepers

I had a great pumpkin patch last year. We got 15 or so pumpkins of various sizes that Cassie had fun carving several of and I had fun making/baking delicious pumpkin seeds from. The only problem? They took over the garden. Big time.

I planted just a handful of seeds, but that was a couple more than was needed. I don’t remember them being that prolific in the garden growing up on the farm. Of course, our garden probably was at least a quarter-acre in size, so they had plenty room to grow without encroaching on other veggies!
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July 4: Why is my pumpkin trying to get out of my garden?

Spent two hours in the garden this morning (in 90-degree heat, no less), determined to finish the weeding. Got it all done, plus picked a few peas and the first raspberries of the summer. They were a great addition to my lunch of a BLT with lettuce from my garden and the tomato from the local farmers’ market.

My favorite photo of the day is of my lone pumpkin plant, which sorely looks like it wants out of the garden. It came up near where I had planted pumpkins last year, although it’s much closer to the fence than I ever would have planted it and actually is growing into the raspberry patch.

Since it doesn’t really have anywhere else to go, the pumpkin vines are climbing up over the fence and through it. I like how it looks although I’ll have to keep a close eye on it.

At a previous garden, I didn’t train the vines at all, nor did I watch them. Before I knew it, a pumpkin was growing on the neighbor’s side of the fence about 3 feet off the ground! My neighbor finally had to break it off because it had grown so big I was afraid it was going to fall and splatter all over the place!
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Summer 2011, what worked, part III: Pleasant surprises

I haven’t had much luck with lettuce in past years. So much so that it wasn’t on my radar when I first looked at seeds last spring. But I figured I’d give it another try, mainly because I eat a lot of salads. I planted Black Seeded Simpson (loose-leaf) and Red Romaine (both Livingston). I was pleasantly surprised. Both lettuces were very easy to grow, and as long as I kept harvesting, they kept growing. The crunchy red Romaine lettuce was a treat mixed in with the green loose-leaf variety. Definitely want to plant these — or a similar variety — again this summer.
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