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25 Oct

Having learned my lessons from the great pumpkin disaster I have been babying our tiny garden for several weeks now.  Determined as I am to “produce something” this little plot of land is regularly stripped bare of any and all living things except what I personally planted.  I have even been faithful to the every other day watering ritual that has become part of my life.

This is day 45 in the ground.  Waiting on maturity is painful.  Broccoli are supposed to be “mature” at 45-50 days…..

I don’t think this is going to be ready to eat in  5 days?

Cauliflower: matures at 75 days                                                                       Brussels Sprouts: matures at 85-90 days

                                 

Green and Red Cabbage: matures at 60-120 days

Chinese Cabbage: matures at 50-85 days

LOL, I am laughing at myself as I never imagined being “worried” about how my broccoli was growing.  I normally just go “pick it” at the store.  This is new and nerve-wracking, but fun and interesting all the same.

The MOH is usually the one doing the growing.  I don’t usually pay that much attention.  He gives me orders on what to do for the day, weed, water, harvest and I have blindly followed instructions.  Fertilizing, bugs, and disease (of plants) have never been my specialty, that was his job and I was glad he had it.  If one starts researching, it’s just way too much information.

When we started this project (?) he complained about the addition of new vegetables that he is not accustomed to growing.  Tomatoes, squash, zucchini and turnip greens are his specialty.  His tomatoes are so indescribably awesome family members beg to be invited over for summer dinners of nothing more than a tomato sandwich, there are some of us that will only eat “his” greens as there is no comparison to the pale store-bought variety and it would most certainly be considered a sin to open a “can” of greens no matter what time of year.  The man definitely has a green thumb.

The garden looks good, but I’m not holding my breath—the pumpkin fiasco taught me that.  My daughter asked me yesterday how we were keeping the bugs out of this particular 3 rows.  Yes, the squash bugs are still out there and now we have the added bonus of blasted grasshoppers, munching away on whatever.  Keeping these rows down to dirt is no doubt helping, but if you look close enough you can see a few holes here and there, more likely from the grasshoppers.  This is a nightmare I do not want to revisit, so there is a fine mist of DE on the leaves of each plant.  Apparently I am a fairly sick minded individual as it just tickles me pink to see a dead grasshopper, and I am thrilled beyond belief when I successfully manage to stomp one into oblivion.

To be continued……………………………..