My first zucchini and cucumber – July 2 update

My first zucchini from a single zucchini plant is up for grabs. I had thought of hand pollinating the flowers, but each time a male flower bloomed, the female one was nowhere in sight. 😦  I let nature take its course, and have my first zucchini – you can see it in all its glory together with insect life!

 My first zucchini!

I also made some changes to my small vegetable patch moving out the two experimental strawberry plants and planting a row of eggplants (called “brinjal” in India). So I have four eggplants of one kind and one given by a friend – they are growing well! Here is a snap taken on the 28th of last month.

Eggplants with Okura behind


Also thrilled to see the first of my cucumbers in the patch along the wall. Seeing cucumber flowers blooming regularly, I expect a fairly good harvest this year.

Cucumber flower and fruit


I removed the horse beans in the last row (I intend planting these through winter to spring when insects don’t flourish), and planted a row of bell peppers in the last row beyond the green peppers.

Bell pepper row behind green peper plants

Here’s an overall view of the cucumber, mini tomato, bitter gourd, zucchini, tomato and eggplants along the wall.

Overall view of patch along wall


Finally, a view of hydrangea from my garden.

Hydrangea in full bloom in my garden

And, if you have just cut a carrot, don’t throw away the stub. Stick it in a small vessel containing some water and see what you get!

Grow carrot leaves in your kitchen!


Until the next post, have a great day!


3 Responses to “My first zucchini and cucumber – July 2 update”

  1. July 3, 2008 at 6:29 am

    Hey congratulation on the zucchini!! I am so jealous of your eggplant plants. Mine are only as big as yours were in June!

  2. July 3, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Thanks, Liz. You never know; your eggplants may shoot up suddenly with a better yield. Keep posting those photos!

  3. 3 Liz
    July 6, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Well done with your first zucchini. My experience is that once they start they just keep coming so prepare for the onslaught!

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