Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Inch by inch, row by row...

After 8 years of living in the same place, we finally decided to try to grow some food. You know, so we will be self-sustaining in the event of having to hunker down after a zombie invasion or some such.

Well, mostly The Alpha is the one trying to grow some food. I try to stay out of the way, as I do not seem to have inherited my mother's nurturing way with plants.

See our corn stalks? And our corn silk? You may have to click for the larger image to see the corn silk. (I didn't know silk showed up before the ears.) And our bean plants below the corn?

Here are the tomato plants.

Here are some cucumber and okra plants. I'm glad I remember which seeds went where, or it'd all be a surprise to me when stuff starts producing.

And here are the cantaloupe plants. Which look an awful lot like cucumber plants. And not just to me -- I've been told they look that way to bees, too. And that the bees will cross-pollinate our cucumbers with our cantaloupes, and we could wind up with cukealoupes. Or cantacumbers. We'll let the Internet know if that happens.

Also note the presence of The Boy, whose tail made a special appearance in the above photograph.

Re: this post's title, there are those in the band who hate "The Garden Song" (chief among them our drummer, who really doesn't get to do very much on that selection). But around here, we love it. Especially this version:


Diane said...

I like that song, and I'm inspired. I would love to have a garden.

zorra said...

They all look gorgeous! We had a vegetable garden the first few years we lived here...then just a few tomatoes...then one tomato plant...then none...and now we have no room in our bourgeois flower beds. I hope you enjoy tending and picking your own food. Seeing the first little baby veggies appear is exciting!

RevAnne said...

we have a garden for the first time in a long time--tomatoes (red, yellow, and cherry), yellow squash and zucchini, and green and red peppers, although they have stubbornly refused to grow.
When I left for annual conference, I had lots of squash flowers!
I also have marigolds, snapdragons, and moss roses--just to make me happy!

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

oh envious i am... we debated and debated, then the rains came, and came, and came... augh. it is only 2 blocks to the store and we do buy chickens from a local farmer so that counts for somethign right? oh but fresh tomatoes... yum!

Zen Otter said...

Nom nom nom.

Anonymous said...

looks beautiful!! black thumb here, but ManCHild has planted tomatoes, green bell peppers, and jalepenos in the backyard - looking forward to harvest!!

Anonymous said...

Well it looks like the bees pollinated in my garden. We have cantacumbers or cuculoupes whichever you want call them.