I'm not a naturally patient person, so gardening is good for me. It's especially good for me to grow tomatoes, since it seems to take so long for them to ripen. But, I know it will be well worth the wait!
And the Green Zebras. How are we supposed to know when they're ripe? :) They will be lightening in color and will get subtle yellow stripes.
Our little red Sweet Cluster tomato. This is from a plant that was started from seed for me by a friend (thanks, Dawne!). I think it's great that a little purple flower also decided to bloom by the tomato plant.
With Genovese Sweet Basil, Dark Purple Opal Basil, and Olive Oil.
A few days ago I was talking with my sister about the garden, expressing my happiness with the number of bees we have. My sister (a mother of 4 little ones) said "Why would you be happy to have bees??"
So we talked a little about how, without bees, there isn't any food. There are other things that help pollinate veggie flowers (other insects, wind) but as far as I know bees are still our main garden helpers.
Ah... the joy of a rare rainy day in the garden. We haven't had any rain for quite a while. Part of the research I'm doing now (the beginning of what will surely be a loooong learning process) has to do with water conservation and techniques that allow you to grow food with little to no added water. We're lucky to be able to add supplemental irrigation for now, but it's certainly not a sustainable model. Happy new tomatoes on the GIANT green zebra plant. They're supposed to have green and yellow stripes when they're ripe. I can't wait!
I love learning new things about my garden plants.... A few days ago I read that there are boy and girl squash plants. Bees spread the pollen from the boys to the girls, and - ta da - we have vegetables!
So, how do we tell girls from boys? Well, it turns out that it's not as hard as you might think.
If you look to the center of the flower, boys kinda look like boys....
and girls kinda look like girls!
A few days later, we can see the results of all those boy and girl squash flowers.