Monday, May 23, 2011
Mary-Mary Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow
After 20+ years we decided to give gardening a try. Last year (2010) we planted zucchini in our back yard (the little yellow blossom you see peeking out from under the leaves on the right side is the start of a zucchini) but it never produced. We were disappointed but not defeated. This year in April (2011) we got out our gardening materials and planted zucchini, yellow crock-neck squash, and another variation of zucchini. We waited and we waited, then we watered and watered some more. We gave them lots of TLC but it took a long time (in our opinions) to get them moving. Then last week we gave the plants a good talking to and said 'produce or else'! We had tons of yellow flowers that looked very pretty but they were not producing what we wanted - food!
A couple days after our talk with the squash we walked out to our yard and, voila, there it was! YEAH, our first zucchini! It's grown a little since I took this picture but other zucchinis or squash have yet to pop out. We have hopes...we waited a long time for this one and we're excited about it. Tenacity is the answer! Hopefully we'll get a few more this summer.
We've recently planted spaghetti squash and our pumpkin seeds are ready to plant in July. And next year we're adding tomatoes to our list.