Not exactly, but for one month we’ll be out of the country - not our rural countryside - the USA.
DH & I have been rewarded with beginners luck. A typical trip to the garden yields this
The tomatoes are just starting to turn red, but the cucumbers are prolific. If we don’t search carefully, they become HUGE. The 2 largest ones each weighed 1.5 pounds.
So nature is taking care of production and our focus now is making use of it all.
We’ve given a lot away and our daughter and neighbors will harvest while we’re gone.
Cucumber salad has been part of every meal, but what about all that squash?
We have several different varieties. One of them had skin like iron and it didn’t want to come off even with my “good” peeler. I could hardly hack it off with a knife. Finally, I chopped it into pieces and threw it into the pressure cooker. That softened it, but it still was difficult to get the skin off.
By now it was me vs. the squash. We planted it…we grew it…we picked it and I was determined to at least taste it. Imagine me attacking a vegetable while singing “To peel the unpeelable squash” along with more alternate lyrics to the tune “To dream the impossible dream.”
End of story: It had a nice taste and texture. We have also realized that if we’re going to plant several varieties of a vegetable, we should mark the rows carefully, so we know what we’ve got. Another lesson learned for next year!
Now here’s a surprise. The peppers on my GREEN pepper plant are turning RED. They taste just fine, just not what I expected to happen.
So even a beginner can be successful, with enough rain, a high fence and a little help from our friends. Thanks SparkPeople!