Plot thoughts

 Mysterious goings on in the vegetable patch, there is only one surviving zucchini bravely soldiering on while  the remaining solitary cucumber vine is on life support. There were lots of blossoms but only a couple of zukes which rotted on the vine. The cukes produced oddly shaped fruits which provided me with some snacks while watering but nothing of note. The sunflowers which were so gay and lively now are black stems with sagging heads, their small seeds having been harvested by birds or just blown away on the wind. The plan had been for the cukes and zukes to embrace the stems and grow upward on the stalks. The stalks remain to mock me.

I’m pinning my hopes on the tomatoes. Three of the tomato plants have lots of very nice green tomatoes decorating them in clusters, like Christmas ornaments placed on the tree by small children. I’m torn between thinning them or letting them grow and taking my chances. Four other tomato plants seem to be in stasis, one of them is less than three inches tall. I have seeds for some other varieties that I am thinking of starting, maybe I can specialize in tomatoes? Green ones, yellow ones, tiny ones and huge ones, with so many choices something is bound to thrive!

Something ate my pepper plants, there were some small pepper fruits but they fell off, two peppers have managed to hide from the enemy but also seem to be under a sleeping spell. It’s been cool lately, maybe it’s for the best, the pepper plants can rest until February comes to wake them.

The Hyacinthe beans are growing but no flowers yet, the Malabar spinach has flower buds at the tip of four inch plants, by next week there may be enough leaves for a serving for Husband and me. I think the kohlrabi has become extinct, but I have a lot of seed, so I’ll replant. However, it looks like a good year for Brussels sprouts and mustard greens. Somehow, I seem to have several types of lettuce seeds, the beauty of lettuce is that you can keep picking off leaves while the plant is growing. As long as you don’t get too greedy, you can have a salad going for a long time.

However there is plenty of basil,twenty five basil plants plus at least ten Thai basil plants . The thoughts of never ending pesto and bruschetta comfort me while I uproot failed plantings and replace them with the promise of other things

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Calypso, I think the answer merits a post of it’s own.

  2. I can not wrap my brain around gardening here in Mexico – The veggies and fruits are so good here and inexpensive for the most part – it just doesn’t inspire an effort to grow your own.

  3. Cynthia, good thing we have such a long season, I get a second chance!The sunflowers were small blossoms, so they had tiny seeds, but they sure were pretty.

    Isla Zina, I just planted mustard seed from my spice cabinet, but I will give you some. I figured it would be interesting if nothing else.

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  5. Get your radishes in now! Those were the veggies that did so well last fall and only a week or so to harvest! I had no luck with my zucchini, so I have tried a yellow prolific squash. We’ll see. I would love to get my hand on some mustard green seeds, hint hint…and I have put in some chard. A late tomato has taught me a lesson: It is wine whipped. You just can’t start them late in summer and expect anything to come of them on the island!

  6. I have to laugh (in a nice way). We had a veggie garden that also struggled this past summer. But the few radishes, tomatoes, basil leaves, and squash we were able to salvage were very tasty! Plus, we have a bunch of sunflower seeds that we will roast tomorrow and we had 1 pumpkin that we carved on Halloween. Next summer…watch out!

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