Thursday, June 30, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
|Corn Silks Exposed and Waiting for Pollen to Fertilize the Ear of Corn|
|Tassels Heavy with Pollen|
|Delicate and silky but when magnified, the silks look anything but silky|
In searching for instructions to hand-pollinate, I learned a few facts about corn which I did not know.
First, corn is a member of the
corn is a graass as is rice, wheat, barley, millet, oats, sugar cane, sorghum, rye and bamboo.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
|When you see these near your tomato plants...beware|
|Droppings like the ones in the first photo, usually mean this monster is noshing his way through your favorite tomato plants|
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Oh, we're having a heat wave. But you can possibly keep cool with these photos of cucumbers from my garden!
I had to include this final cucumber. Yesterday was so hot, some of the veggies were baked. Sad face.
|This cucumber looks ready to harvest.|
|Baby cucumber ready to grow.|
|Too hot. Baked in the sun and heat.|
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
This use of succulents cool down the hot, sun-soaked stairway. Repeating the same succulents in each pot ties the whole design together.
|Today's harvest in a water bath. A few minutes soak/spin/ready for lunch.|
And it is working. I have harvesting single salad servings each day. Here's one reason I also am a new fan. When I have grown lettuce in the winter, I find more slugs (eewww) and snails because of the cool/wet season. Washing lettuce in the winter is much more labor intensive as you try to make sure all protein has been removed. (Even with vinaigrette, slugs are not that tasty.) This summer lettuce has had no slugs! Yay!
Another reason lettuce is not a summer crop is that when it gets hit with the summer sun, it tends to bold (go to seed) quickly. With the sun-less mornings, this has not been a problem...yet. I know as soon as July hits, its good bye lettuce.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016
What we consider its flower are really thousands of individual flowers surrounded by petals called ray florets.
This plant is currently around 3 feet tall. I expect it to reach heights of 6 to 7 feet.
During the opening of the show, Bullwinkle and Rocky popped up from the soil in front of this plant.
Do you know what it is?
Thanks to mentalfloss.com for some of these factoids.
Thursday, June 09, 2016
|Trumpeting Flowers of the Zucchini Plant|
|Pollinator on Board|
|Double flowers on one stem|
Oh, and I don't think I will need to hand pollinate today because bees were buzzing from flower to flower taking care of business