Seems like I am not the only one who has had the restless “I need to do something but I don’t want to do anything” feeling. Maybe this is a new medical affliction that we need to talk to doctors about.
I’m sure they could come up with a medication for us. I mean there’s a pill for everything.
Well, I didn’t take a pill, but I did manage to weed the mess that was beginning to take over my garden.
My tomatoes had turned into shrubbery for the love of all things holy and they were
starting to completely covering the eggplants that were trying like mad to find the light.
After pulling off several full size branches of tomato tree, the eggplants were able to breathe, and look what I discovered!
What’s that? Cutest. Eggplant. Ever.
I’ve tried to grow eggplant before, to no avail. I wasn’t really expecting these to work, since I planted so late. I’ve had many, many of the flowers just fall off in the last month or two and I was deflated each time.
My expectations were lowered even further when I talked to a guy here who is an expert gardener (my words, not his, but he does have 3 homemade greenhouses in his yard, so I consider that pretty high on the expert gardener ladder) and he laughed when I told him I planted 6 eggplants.
I should email him this photo. Who’s the big fancy pants gardener now, tough guy?
My Mr. Ugly tomatoes are starting to ripen also, which. YEAH!!!
I just wish I had more than two of them. Ugly tomatoes are sure to be conversation starters, right? Good thing I only know about two people in town.
After trimming the hell out of the tomatoes, I also discovered quite a few little greenies. Back there. Behind the Mr. Uglies.
There’s gonna be salsa, kids! I’m thinking about making some raspberry salsa as soon as I get enough ripe tomatoes. I saw some when we were shopping in Bayfield and instead of buying the $10 jar, I took a picture of the ingredient list.
That’s called “innovative” and “smart” right there.
I’m not even going to talk about the zucchini squash, nor will I post photos. I don’t want to encourage its growth anymore. But just to give you an idea of the zucchini situation: I picked about 8 regular sized zucchini on Friday. My mom brought me about 4 baseball bat sized zucchinis on Friday. I picked 4 more on Sunday.
I didn’t even check on Monday, because I was too scared.
The winter squash (that’s a buttercup up above) is doing awesome though! There are three little guys about the size of baseballs right now, and I’ve seen several more little buds. They’re no kabocha, but they’ll do.
And the spaghetti squash is NUTS.
Another plant I tried to grow last year that was a total fail, and that is thriving in the Wisconsin humidity.
I suppose it helps that it has been raining at least 2-3 times a week here also. I don’t think I’ve watered my garden in a month. Or fertilized it either, come to think of it.
You gotta love a low maintenance garden, right?
All that rain is even lighting a fire under the okra growth (finally). Three of the 6 plants are getting to be big enough that I might actually have an okra or two at the end of the season. Of course, I was hoping to get enough to pickle some, but that doesn’t look like its going to happen. Alas.
I did pickle cucumbers already though.
None from my garden, but my neighbor gave me 6 cukes from her garden and told me to help myself to those and the green beans. Two things that I planted that just aren’t doing so well. (Their places being usurped by the spaghetti squash monster and the tomato beasts.)
I repaid her in zucchini. Because what?!? She didn’t plant any. She’s either really smart or just plain crazy. I can’t decide.
Have you ever had pickled okra? Or pickled kohlrabi? I forgot to tell you!! The kohlrabi pickles are GREAT!! Of course, my mom didn’t like them. She said they are too “vinegary”. Because yeah. They’re pickles.
What’s your favorite vegetable, and if you could grow it (space, time, etc not being factors) would you?