Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Monday, April 21, 2008
First Comes the Golden Yellow Flowers
My vegetable garden seems to be growing by leaps and bounds daily. Attribute this to the great soil I put in the raised beds. I mixed in blood meal and blood bone with the soil and haven't added any other fertilizer since I sowed my seeds. Other than watering the beds almost daily I can't say I've had to do very much. Is there something else I should be doing? I welcome all tips and help from any of you veteran growers.
One morning this week I noticed the golden yellow blooms on the zucchini and you can imagine my excitment. When there is a bloom I know there is going to be a fruit.
You can see the beginnings of the variety eightball zucchini... seed sown March 13.
As I reached my hand down into the prickly stalks of the plants (I just had to touch that fruit) I was instantly taken back in time to early mornings in my grandfather's garden all those years ago as a child. I had completely forgotten about the stiff bristly feel of squash and zucchini plants. That one motion with my hand made me remember gathering the harvest with him on so many days when I'd visit just for the chance to hang out in his garden. His was much, much larger than mine and he was well versed in know-how. Even so, I think he would be proud of my little patch.
I have to say I'm completely enjoying this new experience of growing a vegetable garden. It is very different from landscape gardening. I'm discovering I have a fondness for vegetables just as much as landscape. It's starting to feel more comfortable and not as foreign to me as it all did initially. I do admit wondering to myself why I waited so long to get started with this vegetable growing thing... AND I DO wish I would have started with 4 beds instead of only 2... but that's something we can rectify in time for fall planting. LOL
Although if there is one drawback it would be the attention it requires. If I'm home it isn't a problem. We went out of town last weekend and fortunately my neighbor watered for me. You can't really leave veggies unattended or the plants would get stressed and that would mean they wouldn't produce as well. And did I mention we did cancel our (planned since last summer) 2 week vacation in May because that's when all the seed-sown veggies are due for harvest? Now that's a funny one... canceling vacation for a vegetable harvest.
Speaking of Harvest
We've enjoyed salads from the lettuce harvest and they were oh so scrumptious. I don't think it will be very long before the tomatoes start to ripen. If all the tomatoes that are hanging on the plants right now actually do ripen ... I'll be giving lots of them away. So if you want some... just let me know.