David and I have been eating our borage flowers. One of our two plants has started blooming, and we’ve picked a few flowers to taste. We have yet to start decorating our salads or freezing them in ice cubes. I enjoy having flowers in my food.
The ants have begun farming aphids on the borage. I’ve trying spraying them with a hose, but it doesn’t deter them. I know the aphids can leave a sticky honey (which the ants milk and eat), but I’m not sure this symbiotic relationship will hurt the plants. I watched a ladybug try to get the aphids and the ants jumped on the ladybug. I was able to intervene, one time, scooped up the ladybug and knocked off the clinging ant.
It’s a little hard to tell, but there is a noticeable difference in the growing styles of the two plants- one is bushy and the other is tall.
This is from the silver leaved delicata squash. Yum!
While I was poking around the delicata, and the cucumbers next to it, I was shocked to discover a mature pickling cucumber!
This little leaf cucumber escaped my watch. It was half buried under the leaf mulch and was the perfect size to harvest. There are many more on the way in both the front and back yard.
The other plants we’re watching eagerly, are the tomatoes. The indigo rose keeps looking like it’s ready, but we’re waiting for the green to turn red. The isis candy, and San Marzanos are full of fruit.
The basil is beautiful right now. It’s time for our second pesto harvest of the season. Rosie could care less, but she’s happy to point out her ball hiding next to the plant.
On the other side of the pesto is the little radish and carrot patch. This is where we have Spanish black radishes, French breakfast radishes, and carnival carrots to round out the mix.
Our red bell pepper plant is coming along. Hopefully we’ll have the patience to let them mature and eat them when they’re red. The plant is so small right now, that we probably will end up picking this first one when it’s green to allow the other ones more energy to grow.
The acorn squash is still throwing out more flowers, and has fruit that is getting quite large. As you can see, the tendrils are clinging to anything they can. We still need to figure out more space for these guys to climb, as they have already taken over our walkways and are looking for more room to grow. I do love acorn squash.
In fact, the entire squash bed is looking great right now. David’s going to get more bamboo on Thursday, and build the a-frame for the squash to climb. They are ready for it.
The Kazakh melons are so fuzzy. These were the first in the bed and have multi-branching vines right now.
The biggest vines in the squash bed are actually the buttercup squash, and one of them has reached all the way to the other side. The watermelon radishes have sprouted, and we’re still waiting for the carrots to come up. Hopefully the zinnias will begin flowering soon.
They are looking lush and promising. As is our garden.