The Rush Is On

For the Fourth of July, I was able to feed my guests zucchini, tomatoes, and garlic from my garden, along with some hot peppers that I added to a grain dish.  While I had to buy chicken and fish to grill, having the vegetables already was a treat.  The garden is thriving, with my lush bean tower finally beginning to produce beans.

These are Blue Lake pole beans, my favorite.  I can't wait to pick them!

These are Blue Lake pole beans, my favorite. I can’t wait to pick them!

The okra are blossoming and putting out their delicious seed pods.

Check those babies out.  I planted a whole row of okra this year.

Check those babies out. I planted a whole row of okra this year.

I’ve also been getting peppers.  The ones I put in the grain dish were supposed to be Hungarian banana peppers, but they are quite hot, so I’m assuming they were mislabeled or a hotter variety than I usually acquire.  The bell peppers are also doing well–it  seems astonishing that such a small pepper plant would have such a large pepper.  I think the rain is making things early and large.

I thought about harvesting this, but decided to wait.

I thought about harvesting this, but decided to wait.

The rain certainly seems to be swelling the circumference of the zucchini and now the cucumbers.  These first few okra pods will probably end up in a mixed vegetable saute.  Later, I hope to have enough for pickling, provided I don’t eat it all fresh!

I know at least one fellow gardener who would tell me this cuke was past its prime, but I'll  try it anyway!

I know at least one fellow gardener who would tell me this cuke was past its prime, but I’ll try it anyway!

 

 

 

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