Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Garden Update for Beginning of June

I'm baaaack. ;) and wow, am I glad to have internet at home again. On the right in the picture below, my new modem. Now to catch you up with my garden! This is my first little crop. One tomato (between ping pong ball and tennis ball size) and eleven snow peas, on top of that snack sized baggie there. I'm really trying to save them till I have enough to stir fry, but it's hard! I like them raw too.

Here's the tomatoes still on the vine, another Early Girl just starting to get orange. The Better Boy tomatoes are in the foreground, but I think they have some growing to do still.

And here's the status of the crookneck squash. The kitty litter trick has worked, and no more gobbled blooms.

Last, my snow peas. I almost wish I'd planted more of these, instead of just 20 plants, they're really delectable. I've eaten only four of them, so far. But the package directions say they don't do too well in the heat of the summer. Instead, I'll wait till August and put in a new crop for fall.

Anyone out there know when the squash blooms open? I'm worried that with fewer bees, I'm going to have more of a crop if I go pollinate with a q-tip. But every time I've been out there, the blooms are twisted shut. Healthy looking, but closed.


floribunda... aka Julie said...

I've heard that you usually get a few male flowers before the female flowers come along (males have long stems and females have short stems I think) and they may only be open in full sunlight. Good luck! I've never tried pollinating these things by hand.

Ann said...

Maybe it's just the picture, but the soil looks really wet. Wonder if that has anything to do with it? We always plant squash in hills like we do our zucchini and cucumbers.

Nessa said...

A farmer friend of mine told me to plant marigolds to attract bees to my plants and keep other insects away.

I love to quilt by hand (sewing the pieces and the quilting.)

Raven said...

Congrats on your crop. I love snow peas, especially fresh off the vine. There haven't been any bees here to speak of either except a small group of carpenter bees who I think are eating my house. Enjoy your stir fry when the rest of the crop comes in.

Sylvana said...

Nessa, is THAT why I see so many marigolds in veggie gardens? I always wondered!

Jane, you have to let me know what you think of the Early Girls.

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