Produce

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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