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