Veggie Surprises

One thing I really love about gardening is that you never know what unusual characters will appear in the garden. About three years ago we grew a tomato that could only be described as “rude”. I mean, this guy had no manners or decorum at all.

This year we have a few new surprises. The fruit in the photo below is actually a cucumber. The soda can is there for scale. I did not know a cucumber could actually get that big.

This baby weighs in at 2.2 pounds!

This baby weighs in at 2.2 pounds!

Looks like we’ll be having cucumber sandwiches. But wait: there’s more! The next ones are twins, joined along the side and growing from the same stem. Amazing!

Twins! Conjoined along one side.

Them comes my favorite: green peas. I love teasing them from their pods. Some pods have only three, some have as many as eight. iI takes many pods to get enough for dinner, but it’s worth it. They taste great right out of the pod.

Green peas in the pod

There’s more still on the vine.

Peas in a pod.

Hello little guys!

Green peas.

Enough for dinner or a salad.

Home grown vs. store bought - no comparison.

Home grown vs. store bought – no comparison.

Man, this is too much fun!

Garden Update

Whew! Okay we are feeling better. We may not have to relinquish our green thumb badges. The garden is showing signs of life. Produce is being created. Thank you, Lord.

Enjoy the pictures below.

We'll have tons of cherry tomatoes.

We’ll have tons of cherry tomatoes.

Baby onions.

Baby onions.

Carrots - yes, the ones on the right.

Carrots – yes, the ones on the right.

Brussels sprouts! My favorite veggie!

Brussels sprouts! My favorite veggie!

Two lone beets. We planted more.

Two lone beets. We planted more.

Green peas up top; green beans down below.

Green peas up top; green beans down below.

Cucumbers spreading out, taking over!

Cucumbers spreading out, taking over!

There's a bell pepper under there somewhere.

There’s a bell pepper under there somewhere.

Strawberries! They taste great!

Strawberries! They taste great!

My Brow Is Furrowed, But Not the Garden

Good grief! Okay, it’s been 4 weeks and what do we have to show for it; some radishes, one bean plant, one cucumber, and two tomato plants! No wonder my brow is furrowed with worry. Where are all of the veggies? We are not sure, but we think it has something to do with our decision to use furrows this year, something we have never tried before. We were discussing the problem with are minister who informed us that furrows are traditionally used where the ground is overly wet. They raise the seeds up above the constant water. They are not needed in Southern California.

Evidently not, for the furrows are dry and there are no plants growing. We have raked everything flat again and re-seeded. The flattened ground holds the water better, but I’m afraid there is no telling what may come up this year, if anything. Carrots growing with beets. Lettuce fraternizing with the chard. Peas mixing it up with the green beans. The shame! If something doesn’t come up soon, this year may be a bust. We will keep you posted.

Proud Papa of Newborns

baby_radishThat’s right – I’m the proud papa of three new baby radishes. Just look at them; they’re so cute. It’s amazing how they sprout so fast. I guess if you can’t grow a radish you need to dip your thumbs into some green paint, and try again. Below is a shot of the completed garden.

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In the back row we drove in a row of steel fence posts. We will weave some bright yellow string through them for the peas to climb onto. We planted 13 pea plants this year! I love them. You can stand in the garden at eat them right out of the pods. They taste like candy. Well, almost. The green posts at the corners are to protect the rows in the garden when we drag the hose around to the other side. They keep the hose from cutting across the corners of the garden. We’ll tie on some ribbons or pin-wheels, so they show up better.

Below is a shot of the cactus garden out front. It’s just about ready to start blooming for Spring. When they get going we will post some pics of them. Thanks for visiting. As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.

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