Taking a break from the Olympics to post while enjoying the gentle rain and thunderstorm rolling through the city. Thunderstorms are so moving. Feeling the vibration of the thunder as it rumbles through your body. The calming feeling of the world going dark for a little while, as if reminding us to take a step back from our everyday lives and recognize that there are greater things going on in the world. The cycle of nature. Beautiful and humbling.
We picked 4 large cucumbers on our visit to the garden yesterday. It’s always a surprise to find the large fruit hiding underneath their leaves. Marketmore cucumbers are field cucumbers. I was expecting English cucumbers, probably because that’s what I buy in the grocery store.
These tasted a lot better than the first one we ate a few days ago. The skin was nice and crisp, not tough and rubbery at all. I was especially concerned about the fat one we picked (above) because the rubbery-skinned one from a few days ago was also fat and stubby. My brother wanted to leave it to get bigger like the one below. I was concerned that if we left it, it wouldn’t be there when we came back.
Last week after we pulled up the borage plant, I planted another seed in the centre of the square in hopes that a new one would grow and create flowers that would attract more pollinators. This is what I saw this week:
I know I didn’t plant all these borage plants. Where the heck did they come from? I know borage self-seeds. I’m not sure how this is done as I’ve never seen the seeds on the plant, but that could be the cause of this phenomenon. Last week I did see an ant pulling around a borage seed in this area. I’ve read that they tend to farm things. Could they have caused this? Anyway, I pulled up all but the one in the centre. Incidentally, the plant with the 4 jagged leaves may be a strawberry. My brother planted one as an experiment.
I pulled up the last of the beets (I think I should have pulled them up a while ago) and planted some carrots and spinach in its place. As I did this I realized that I didn’t have a lot of empty squares left to plant more beets, spinach, and kale. Then I realized something worse – I have no more beet seeds!!! Have to get to Urban Harvest. They are at the Wychwood Barns and Dufferin Grove farmer’s markets this time of year. I can’t make it to Dufferin Grove ‘cuz I’m working so I’ll have to visit Wychwood next weekend.
Check out the results of deadheading. What a difference a week can make:
And even though, as you can see, there are quite a few brown leaves in the background, the tomatoes are coming along fine.
I still have to remember to pick off the suckers. It’s really hard because I have them growing to close together. Sometimes (most of the time) I can’t follow one branch from mainstem to it’s tip because it gets lost amongst the other branches.