Oops! Sorry no pictures. I did not bring my memory stick to work. I would forget my head if it wasn't attached somedays!
It has been hot and sticky July weather here but TONS of growing and flowering has been going on in the garden! I seriously have not been this excited in a LONG time!
My zucchini and yellow squash have these beautiful orange flowers on them! You can pick the male flowers off and deep fry them or cook them in a butter sauce or just add them to a salad, they are delicious! If you don't know the difference the male flowers have a long straight stamens (they kind of remind me of the male anatomy). The female look like a few curled up little zucchinis (and yes they do remind me of female anatomy) there is an ovary behind it and will produce fruit if pollinated. Do not pick the female flowers, they produce the fruit! If you want to try some zucchini flowers use the male flowers!
I have a bunch of tomatoes and a ton of little yellow flowers! Those plants are almost 5 feet tall! I have three different varieties, Amish Paste, Black Krim and a type of cherry tomato! I remember growing up my grandfather teaching me how to grow tomatoes. I was responsible for watering them every morning! It's such a great memory and I hope someday when my girls grow up they remember this valuable lesson we have taught them!
I take back what I said two weeks ago because my corn seemed to shoot right up! "Knee high by July" is the old adage! We are right on course, hopefully we will start seeing some tassels soon!
We finally got the herb bed filled with dark loamy soil and I am trying to figure out what I want to put in there.
I keep checking the radishes but I think they have been overcrowded and are not going to grow anymore. So I started looking online to see how to prepare the leaves. I did not know you could eat the leaves. And did you know that if you leave radishes in the ground they sprout these little flowers? Neither did I. I got these beautiful little flowers on top.
And no my chickens have not started laying yet. On August 12th they will be 22 weeks old, I am keeping my fingers crossed!!
Ok so I promise to make the time to blog. Have a great week! I can't wait to see what everyone is growing! To check out the Kindergardens series head over to The Inadvertant Farmer!