Happy Summer, everyone! Were you out in your gardens on the longest day of the year yesterday? I was, and this is what I saw.
This monstrosity, whatever it is, has taken over a large part of the garden. This is what I mean when I tell you that some of our most prolific plants are ones we don’t plant at all! I nearly pulled it up a week ago, because although it was so big and beautiful and flowering, I only saw male flowers. (Is that right? The male flowers don’t have the fruit/veggie attached?) Then today I got a close up look:
What do you think they are? I’m hoping for pumpkins! (I know it’s not zucchini, thank goodness, because I have tons of that already!)
I also picked our first lettuce today! Look at how pretty it got after I pulled the weeds!
I’ll admit it. I’ve never grown lettuce, so I had to search on Swagbucks to make sure I was doing it right. From what I gathered, if you’re careful to not pull the whole plant, more lettuce will grow after it’s been picked. Is that right, veteran gardeners? Here’s what mine looked like when I was finished.
I also read that it’s best to pick it first thing in the morning before it wilts in the heat. I set the leaves in a big bowl of water and swished them around a bit, then let it sit for awhile. When I pulled the lettuce leaves out, a bunch of the dirt had sunk to the bottom, so I dumped the water and filled it up again. I don’t have a salad spinner, so laying the leaves out on a towel is gonna have to do for now.
Well, what do you think of my mystery plant? Pumpkins? (Please tell me it’s pumpkins!) Did I harvest my lettuce correctly? What does your garden look like this week?