Fruits and Flowers

Since my last post many of our spring and early summer plantings have started to produce prolific amounts of fruit and flowers, so I thought I’d share some of the new growth.

Cucumber:

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I was at the Des Moines farmer’s market this weekend and a vendor there told me some useful info about those little spines on our cucumbers (spines are found on only some cucumber varieties). It’s best to leave the spines on when picked, and only remove them just before eating. This preserves the cucumber’s freshness longer.

Radishes:

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Tomato plants:

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We have a few different varieties…

grape

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and black prince, to show a few

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Eggplant:

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Peppers:

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This one will eventually ripen to red. Most of our pepper plants have just begun to fruit in late summer, possibly because of the cool weather we’ve had for most of the summer.

A day’s harvest:

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Lots of red and yellow grape tomatoes, and an heirloom tomato at the top.

A tree marigold, also called a Mexican sunflower:

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Here’s a closer look at that cool pattern in the center

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Hibiscus flowers:

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These also have a beautiful center structure

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I’ll leave with the garden on one of the more beautiful days this summer and the view from right next to the garden on the lakefill

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till next time!

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