Sunday, May 25, 2008

Garden Update - Week 9

Squash and tomatoes from the garden

Today I have several pictures about the garden. First, we have some squash and tomatoes that we fixed for dinner last night. It was such a great feeling to have fresh vegetables that you grew yourself and that tasted so great. I remember our store bought squash was good but it was always a challenge to find any that were not all banged up from handling.

Tomatoes - week 9

Our tomatoes are finally turning a bit but we'll have to make a trip to Home Depot tomorrow to find some netting that will keep out some critter that's been chomping on a few of ours as they ripen. Mark pointed out that we still need to make the plants accessible for pollination so I show you what we end up doing in next Sunday's post.

Sunflower & bee close-up

Our sunflowers are in bloom and it's fun to see the bees on them. There's a lot to be had I would say. However, after I snapped this yesterday, we noticed today after church that something has bent and broken another of our big sunflowers. Might be the squirrels. We are over-run with them here and they get into EVERYTHING. :(

Finally, can anyone help us identify this mystery plant?? We had bought a package of okra seeds and this is what grew. Obviously NOT okra but no one seems to know what it is. We are just going to let it grow and see what happens. Mark's been researching it and can't figure it out. He's eliminated any kind of root plant (carrots, etc.) since there's no action down there. But there are no flowers up top. As for the other okra luck this year. We only have 3 that are showing any progress and they're in a little pot and are no taller than 10 or 11 inches. Too bad, because we were really looking forward to some okra this year.

Mystery plant - week 9


Texas Travelers said...

Beautiful photographs.
I just had to comment.

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Jim said...

Now we know how your garden grows....OK that was bad.

The only time I have had squash was in a casserole, it was very good.

Kris McCracken said...

A superb serious of photographs there. You have got the light spot on!

chrome3d said...

There seems to be very appetizing vegetables in your garden. Squashes and tomatoes looked really good! You are a very good photographer too. That Sunflower-pic is excellent.

Joy said...

I wish I had a garden vegetable like you! Those are gorgeous veggies. And the sunflower is beautiful.

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Anonymous said...

Golly. You are way ahead of us in growth. My tomato plants are healthy but only about 1 foot tall and no blooms yet. I can just discern the difference between my sunflower seedlings and weeds and the rest is still under the ground.

Very nice photographs of a rich harvest.

brian said...

Great photos Thien! I don't eat squash, but the tomatos look yummy! wonderful capture with the bee in the sunflower too!! i'm interested to know what your mystery plant is now....

alicesg said...

Wow you have a market right in your garden. :) Very interesting and fresh. I love okra especially eaten with curry.