Have you noticed that I haven’t posted about my garden in a while? I decided to switch to doing my garden update posts once a month instead of once every two weeks. I felt like I wasn’t having much to say when I was posting more frequently. Oh hey, my tomato plant is flowering! And now it’s still flowering!
Despite my kvetching last month, my garden has definitely fared much better this year than it did last summer. The biggest disappointment was the summer squash. Last year, the plants themselves thrived, but they didn’t give me any zucchini. This summer, I got a few white scallop squash, but that plant along with all the others quickly succumbed to vine borers. Next year I am determined to get more squash from the garden. Determined!
I continued to get long beans for the past month and a half. So many long beans! While the rest of my beans got eaten by every insect in the neighborhood, the long beans escaped pretty much unscathed. I got one poblano pepper, which I left to turn red on the vine, and a gazillion little finger eggplant.
I’m not sure what’s going on with these little finger eggplant, but I think maybe they’re actually Japanese eggplant? Because they’re definitely not little. It’s only one plant, though–all the other little finger eggplants are proper little fingers.
Last year I waited all summer for my one melon to ripen and then, cruelly, it exploded during Hurricane Irene. But this year I got two melons! Two!
This is the Petit Gris de Rennes melon. I actually had a second one ripen in the vine too, but it cracked open before I could get to it. Delicious!
…but this melon was even better. In Japan, they sell lots of melon-flavored candy and their strong, almost perfume-y flavor was completely unrecognizable to me as melon. It’s like how grape Skittles do not resemble the flavor of actual grapes in any way, shape, or form. Anyway, after tasting this Ichiba Kouji melon, I finally know where that melon flavor in Japanese candy comes from. This is definitely the best melon I’ve ever tasted and I’ll be growing it again next summer.
Oh, and completely unrelated to vegetable gardening:
Clematis! I swear it’s been growing inches a day all summer long and I’ve been waiting for it to bloom. It’s a tangled mess of these delicate white flowers right now. I wish it bloomed like this year round.