Okay, after many of you read this, you will come to the conclusion that I am a bit strange when it comes to gardening.
A few days ago, I was checking on my vegetable garden. Specifically, I was checking to see if my corn was ready to harvest.
My corn was ready to harvest
The corn silk was brown, so I knew they would be ready soon. But there was one more test to perform. I made a slit with a knife through the husk so that I could pierce a corn kernel. The liquid that comes out should be translucent – not clear or opaque.
Thankfully, some of my corn was ripe and ready to be picked! I did plant three separate crops of corn, about 2 weeks apart so that we will enjoy eating corn for a longer period of time.
Okay, so you may be wondering how I am weird about gardening. I was looking forward to my corn being ready to harvest, but truth be told, I forgot about my other vegetables.
The reason is, is that I get so into the process of planting and seeing my vegetables grow, that I sometimes lose sight of the fact that I will have fresh vegetables to harvest.
So, I was honestly surprised to discover that I had ripe cucumbers…
I was so excited about my new cucumbers and I realized that I had other vegetables to check up on.
In addition to the corn and cucumbers, I had quite a few tomatoes from my single cherry tomato plant. I still call tomatoes vegetables even though they are technically a fruit 😉
I then decided to check up on my San Marzano tomatoes. To be honest, I was a bit frustrated with them because I had been seeing numerous flowers on them, but no tomatoes. I had planted them the same time that I had planted my cherry tomato, which had been producing tons of tomatoes for over 2 months.
Well, guess what I saw when I looked closely at my San Marzano’s?
They are absolutely covered with tons of green tomatoes! I can’t wait until they ripen.
Why did I choose San Marzano tomatoes? Well, I love to watch the Food Network and all the chefs swear by them for making Italian sauces. I’m not Italian, but I absolutely love Italian food.
They should be ready next week for harvesting. I read up on them and found out that they do take longer to produce than many other tomato varieties, but when they begin, they go crazy.
I did not plant tons of different things in my garden this season. I decided to concentrate on our favorites – corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, oregano and….
This is the only one that I have found so far and it was hard to see behind the large leaves. I plan on making a bird house out of it later.
So, that is what is going on in my garden this week. I definitely learned my lesson – I will remember to always look for ripe vegetables 🙂
********************** I apologize for my lack of posting this past week, but it has been a busy time with….
6th grade graduation
My son’s birthday party
Getting carpets cleaned and moving furniture
Babysitting my 8 month old twin nephews
I am so ready for summer vacation, how about you?
I am making some strawberry jam tomorrow. I have been waiting for strawberries to go on sale at our local grocery store and they are only $1.15 a pound. The kids are going to help me. I will post more later.
I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday weekend and take time to remember those who have fought for our freedom 🙂