A couple of weeks ago I shared me and Scarlet’s little Backyard Farm with y’all, and you gave me some amazing tips. Now look at this bounty! Every day there’s just more and more goodness!
While I was in Wisconsin last week, I forgot to ask the hubs to pick the fruits, so I came home to the mutants below. I put my phone in there to give some perspective on their size. That zucchini was bigger than my arm. But it didn’t get too bitter and we ate it roasted with parmesan cheese.
I followed a bunch of your advice and wanted to say thanks. There was also one HILARIOUS thing you guys didn’t catch! Let me tell you about it (and ask for your help one more time) after the jump…
More Backyard “Farm”
First of all, you were like GIRL GET THOSE TOMATOES OFF THE GROUND! so I did. Check this craziness, it took six giant stakes:
And someone reminded me to snip the suckers, so the plant would use more energy making tomatoes than leaves, so I did that too. And our bounty has grown:
One thing I found hilarious is that with all the feedback, no one caught this wildness. So I told you that we had planted cantaloupe seeds and they never sprouted, but then when I lifted up the tomato vines I found one underneath and screamed with joy. Then I showed you this picture of it:
Well, after we actually staked the tomato plant, I found this under there TOO!
SOOOoooo..that second one is looking like a definite cantaloupe to me. Which begs the question, what is the first one? There are lots of them. I think they might be watermelons?? We definitely did not plant any. Might the seeds have been accidentally mixed in the packet? What do you think? Either way, it’s pretty cool, and pretty funny that no one caught it.
A few more questions…
So I learned from the last set of comments that I should have planted my corn all together. Instead it is randomly spread across the yard as pictured. How do I make sure it grows corn? Or is it too late?
Did i pick this jalapeno too early? they had been this size for a few weeks so I thought it was picking time. thoughts?
Are these romaine lettuces ready to eat? Do I pick the whole head at once? Or just the outside leaves? Will they grow back?
And finally, I’ve got nasty snails everywhere. Do you see the baby one on this zucchini?
I don’t want to put any more salt in the soil. I also don’t want a cup of beer and dead snails laying around where Scarlet can play with it. Ideas?
Thanks everyone! It feels like a community garden! I wish I could share the bounty with you!
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