Thursday, July 12, 2007

Getting into the swing of things

Our market table is getting full. Besides the lettuces, cucumbers, and zucchini, Mom took some cabbages to Ambridge market and some bunches of basil. And ... the first corn. There was just 20 dozen, and as dad said, "The best you can say about it is that it's early." It's not the sweetest variety and was grown in some pretty dry weather. Still, much better than anything driven miles across the country.
Here's a sample of some of the sizes and shapes of summer squash that we grow: yellow crookneck and straight neck squash; pale green, dark green, and yellow round zucchini; yellow and green zucchini; and just a couple of a striped Italian variety.
The onions are getting bigger and more visible. Some of the lettuce has bolted, that is, gone to seed, and it looks like tiny Christmas trees.
The melons have spread across the rows; the cucumbers further back haven't spread as far. The tomatoes, on the other hand, have shrunk. Not really, this is the late crop that was just put in this week! On two of the hottest days this summer Mom and Dad put down the plastic and planted them. Sue and Anthony helped with the stakes. Here are the regular tomatoes. Today they worked on adding another row of string to keep them up and off the ground.