From Pipi’s Pasture: Suddenly there’s zucchini
The produce in the garden here at Pipi’s Pasture is at least two weeks behind what is usual for the summer. So I was excited to discover zucchini, and some of them are big, too.
I enjoy the garden. I plant one each spring, not because I have to put away the vegetables as my mother did when I was growing up, but because I like to watch plants grow, feel the soil on my hands, and for some reason I feel satisfied after pulling the great big weeds away from the plants. That’s good because while the garden plants are “behind” this year, the weeds are “ahead.” There are plenty of weeds to get rid of. I can never pull out the entire bindweed roots, but I enjoy hearing them “pop” as I pull them from the soil, and when I pull the pig weed out of the rows, I’m amazed at how much bare space is left.
I love the feeling of accomplishment when I look back to where I’ve hoed and pulled weeds, this morning reaching the ends of the onion rows — my goal. I benefit from the exercise as I hoe at the soil, bending over to pull out weeds, and giving the weeds a toss onto the space just outside of the garden.
After I have worked away for half an hour or so on a cool 7:30 a.m. morning, my body feels more invigorated and ready for the day. Most people with arthritic joints, like me, know that you just have to keep going.
Other than the physical activity, I enjoy watching the plants grow and finding the fruits of the harvest, such as the zucchini that I discovered a few days ago. The little plants that I carefully tended have grown into huge plants with big yellow blossoms. I don’t know how there could be such large fruits on them already—some big enough to grate for breads and cookies.
I also found two summer squash, just the right size for slicing. The boiled squash, seasoned and mixed with butter is delicious.
The green beans look a little sickly this summer, but hopefully there will be enough for a crock pot full of ham, beans, and potatoes. The corn probably won’t produce any ears by end-of-season. I planted the corn late, but if I had planted it earlier it would have frosted. The cabbage is forming heads so it will make, and we may have a few peppers. We have been pulling up green onions for awhile now.
I love a pumpkin patch. While we may not get many pumpkins this year, it’s fun to have great big plants with vines that are spreading out. I’m hopeful that we can harvest at least a few Jack-Be-Little ornamental pumpkins before frost.
This summer our only tomatoes are in pots on the front porch, and the tomato fruits are getting red which just shows that a person doesn’t have to plant in a big garden space — not unless you want big zucchinis.