Meet baby zucchini.
Actually, it’s not quite a baby zucchini yet. This is only a female squash blossom. My farmer was teaching me how to identify one. You can tell the female blossoms from the male because of the bulbous end at the base of the blossom. Male blossom don’t have that.
It’s helpful to know, especially if I’m ever put in a position to pollinate a squash. Which can be necessary, if you don’t have enough bees and bugs around to do the job.
Did you know you can keep getting broccoli even after cutting the first initial heads? This is what happens after the first head is cut. It starts sprouting small heads off the sides. Cut those, and yet more head continue to sprout. And on and on. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a broccoli stop sprouting heads. . . Except if you let it go to flower. Then it will finally stop.
It never ceases to amaze me.
That God’s creation could be this glorious.
Even when it’s a row of onions on one side and weeds on the other.
If this is earth, what will heaven be like?
Behold! The experiment!
We’d hoped by putting tomatoes on landscaping fabric they’d be protected better from disease and rot.
Because, staking tomatoes is a lot of work. If you’ve done it, you know what I’m talking about. And I’m not talking about those cages that flop over in a high wind. I’m talking about the kind of staking that requires a post driver…
Alas, the landscaping fabric didn’t really show much improvement compared to the ground. There only one way to learn, right?
Nonetheless, these plants produced happily and heartily. The crop of tomatoes that could be plucked from the clutches of blight and rot were enjoyed immensely.
I’m glad we had the opportunity to experiment with something new.
Here’s the sweet potatoes again! Behind them after the squashes and the pumpkins. (Even further back on the plastic is the musk melons.)
Gardening doesn’t always go the way you hope. Bugs, diseases, bad seed, weeds. It’s a lot to fight against to keep plants healthy and producing.
Alas, here we lost the war. Squash borers decimated the pumpkins and spaghetti squash. The musk melons in the background fruited with no taste; we’re not sure if it’s the seed or if we don’t have the right ground for musk melons.
“Failure is success in progress,” said Albert Einstein — there’s a guy who knew what failure is all about. Times like these are an opportunity to think like that. Plus, in the midst of failure, there’s always something to be thankful for. The sweet potatoes did very well. We enjoyed them a great deal!
Where do you find encouragement when you fail?