Unfortunately, we are having 100 degree weather here at fromgardentotable. If I were a vegetable (no editorial comments, please) I am very sure I would have quit producing. But, luckily, that isn’t what has happened …yet.The tomatoes are ripening. I have to pick them just when there is the faintest blush of pink on them or the birds will peck them. So, I pick them as soon as I can and let them ripen on the windowsill.
These are the Porter tomatoes. But, I also have some Aunt Ruby’s German tomatoes which are a green tomato which when cut have a pink center and some Green Zebra’s which are rather small.
The basil is coming along, and I have sown some more. I am of the opinion one can never have enough basil.
My purple hull peas are growing, but as I was examining them yesterday SOMETHING has been chewing on the leaves. I suspect grasshoppers. Nasty little buggers.
But, the real show stoppers right now are the cucumber vines. Wow! They have really taken off.
So, I read the other day that cucumbers have two blooms. A male bloom which appears first and then falls off. A female bloom then appears which makes the fruit. I also read that honey bees are needed to pollinate the blooms. Look what I found when I was examining the vines.
If you look real close, there is a bee in the center of the flower. And evidently, they have been doing their job because I found THIS!
Um, now I just need a few more so I can make pickles instead of a pickle. Also, this photo makes the cucumber look sooo large but it is actually only about 5-6 inches long. There are tons of blooms, though, so I am very hopeful.