The cucumber varieties I chose happen to just LOVE living here. Good thing I love eating them!
Another thing I learned, is that weeds grow fast when you're on vacation. See below.
Now a great deal of that green mess is a jungle of tomato plants, backed by a wall of corn but still... I think I could have done better in the weeding department if I'd just stay home once in awhile.
I learned that we need to do something different with the corn next time. It is so small. It was dadgum GOOD though, so who cares. It still has awhile to grow too, so we're giving it another week.
Notice the tiny cantaloupe in my daughter's hand? That was a casualty of Mr Nice Guy weeding the heck out of the melon patch only to fling a baby cantaloupe off into the weeds. Woops!
Speaking of Mr Nice Guy. He is mighty proud of his apples this year - and they are SO tasty!
You can't see the juice running down his chin... but believe me, it was there!
I've already done one batch of applesauce with these Gravensteins, which, I might add, was proclaimed, "The best applesauce in the entire world!" by my oldest child. That - my friends, is success!
I've got another batch of applesauce to do tonight if I get to it, and I need to do something with these pears! These pears... are now all in boxes in a cool room. Waiting... ripening...
For me to do something with them. Or for someone to show me how to can them.
I have jars! I have canner! I no have smarts!
I learned that bees LOVE sunflowers! We have lots of blossoms in our garden, and thousands of bees come to visit every day. It's a wonder none of them have given me a little warning to buzz off... I walk right through them and can feel their wings on my bare legs as I walk through the garden. I am nice to them, so I suppose they are nice to me!
I have learned another thing. Do not pick your watermelon just because Princess D can't stand to wait any longer! This was the first melon we picked, and although it tasted like a watermelon, it didn't look like one on the inside. It was a pretty pale pink, with coordinating white seeds. Cute, but not quite right!
Here's a look at the cleaned up mess of cukes. This was all from one day. The lemon cukes are good, but they sure are a whole lotta plant for a little bitty cucumber. My tomatoes are coming on VERY slowly. I got my first purple tomatoes today, and quite a few cherries.
Tonight Mr Nice Guy will dig a few more potatoes for me so I can make my own potato salad. Our own eggs, our own potatoes - how rewarding! I'm also going to attempt carrot cake with some of our little orange beauties. I'm excited... gardening is FUN!