It's still Monday right? The Gardener and I were gone all weekend and returned home to a shaggy looking lawn and about 347,562,178 mosquitoes swarming around. We cut the grass right away and I went out and picked enough cucumbers that if I sliced them thinly, I'm pretty sure there would be enough to cover the eyes of every tired looking person in the entire US. That may be a bit of an exaggeration but not by much.I brought the bucket of goodies in the house, but the cukes and zucchini (from one of 3 pickings since yesterday!) on the porch are still out there. There is NO MORE ROOM IN THE FRIDGE for such giants. I'm secretly hoping someone or something will drag them away overnight.
Too, the girls were gone all weekend to Minnesota with the Gardener's family and didn't arrive home until late last night. Couple that with swimming lessons starting this morning and the local Farmers filling our barn with hay today and blocking our driveway and the garden in the process, it was a busy day.
So no more excuses and on with the gardening!The giant pumpkins are continuing to live up to their name, completely crushing the row of rhubarb down the middle of the garden. This one here is already about twice the size of a standard basketball!
Having never grown okra before, I was a little confused at how the pods grew and assumed that they must have something to do with that beautiful flower, but today as I was poking around at the flower looking for where the pod would emerge, I noticed a few pods already on the plants just below the flowers.Only about 5 were ready so I picked them and tossed them into homemade garden soup for lunch. Delicious! I grew the red okra from seed planted directly into the garden, as I read on the seed packet that they only take 58 days to mature. Everyone I had to talked to who has grown them in the past had bought the started plants from a garden center, but I'm telling you, save your money and buy a seed packet!
I had to toss a few of the broccoli florets that started to flower when we were gone over the weekend but the rest is growing great.
Now for all you gardeners out there who wish to participate, either leave a comment on what's growing in your yard, or post a Monday Garden Club update on your blog. Don't forget to drop your link in the comments and I'll add it to this post.