Before I get to the actual garden stuff, I thought I'd share some pictures of my gardening buddy:
Nom nom nom - I heart watermelon!
Hmmm, I would enjoy it more if mom wasn't pointing that camera thing at me constantly.
Ok, mom - for reals now - this is getting old!!!
They are a little small for harvesting still, but they should be golden by next week. . . Golden as in good to go, not in color (this duh moment has been brought to you by sleep deprivation).
This plant was sold as an orange bell pepper:
It also is looking rather questionable.
The picture above was taken a week ago and the one below yesterday:
Not a huge difference, but it is definitely looking pointy versus bell-y
The one I'm super glad was labelled correctly was the purple bell pepper plant:
They are such a cool deep purple, like an eggplant.
I have harvested one of these and have a couple more on deck for next week. Yum!
I have been happily harvesting them all week . . . :
. . . and have been making them into yummy meals like this chicken alfredo with green beans:
There are still a whole bunch left to harvest so I should have them for a few weeks to come.
It also gave me some seed pods so I may see if I can plant another round this year since they grow so quickly:
The cucumber plant that has also grown from seeds is growing well too. Here it is almost 2 weeks ago:
Here it is yesterday:
Under all the leaves there are several flowers:
I think there will be lots of cucumbers to harvest soon enough.
Next on the tour is mystery plant extraordinaire. You may remember them as the spinach plants that weren't doing so well a while back. At the time of my last garden update they were improving:
Following that, they really took off. . . and over:
The funny thing is that as far as I know, spinach doesn't grow this way.
I lost the label from the farmer's market, but it was labelled as a weird variety of spinach. Not knowing anything about plants, I trusted that this was indeed the case. Now I'm not so sure. If anyone out there has any idea what this plant is, please help me out. It is very rubbery in texture. Here some better pictures taken yesterday:
They are growing rather large:
I am weary to eat them until I find out what they are and if they are edible.
I found a website where you can post pictures and descriptions of unknown plants, and people who might actually know what they're doing (unlike me) help ID them.
Which in turn grew into these:
I harvested my first pair yesterday:
One went to my mom and the other into a stew for dinner.