Maybe it’s because I’m still a garden newbie, but I get such a kick out of checking my plants each morning… and evening… and during the day if it’s not 100° out. It’s an awesome thing to watch food grow. God sure knows how to entertain!
These gorgeous crookneck squash blooms greeted me this morning. And where there are blooms, there soon will be lots and lots of squash. I’ve already picked a few, but I’m preparing for an onslaught.
See those tight little blooms there? Squash, also. I think my poor squash plants were feeling a little left out, what with the dozens of zucchini I’ve picked since my last update just three weeks ago. A little healthy garden competition never hurt anyone.
But, please… as creative as I’ve been with the zucchini over the past few weeks, my family begs you… come and get it! I even shredded and bagged 28 cups tonight!
Our surprise cantaloupe (or is it honey dew? I can’t tell…) is taking over. It’s nearly smothered this poor little cherry tomato plant.
Told ya. Taking over. I’ve had to rip its little stringy viney things off of my tomato cages so that it won’t try to climb. I can’t fathom my cages supporting the weight of a few melons…
I need a pepper ritual or dance or something. I don’t see any blooms yet. Should I by now? Bell peppers are my absolute favorite, and my daughter has been begging for some fajitas.
Finally, some little tomatoes have appeared! The plants had been sprouting blooms galore, but no tomatoes. My twitter friends reminded me that there is a bee shortage and they might not be getting pollinated. Ahhhhh! I had completely forgotten about that.
My neighbor suggested spritzing the plants with sugar water (just a little bit of sugar). He had heard someone else recommend that trick and figured it was probably to attract those wonderful pollinating insects. I turned my kids loose with a spray bottle the other day and today… tons of bees and other insects swarming my plants! Coincidence? I don’t know, but I think we might have pollination!
What about you? Do you notice the bees in your garden? Trouble with “all blooms, no fruit”? Any tricks I need to know about?
Catch more garden updates at Stephanie’s place.