We only just put in our first vegetable garden last summer because my oldest was participating in a cabbage growing contest through school. Before then, I had always opted for taking advantage of the bounty of my dad’s summer gardens, without actually putting in any of the labor and care myself. But when Charlie’s cabbage was verging on busting out of the paper cup it had been occupying, we decided to turn over some of our own earth.
Tom dug up a small 4×6 foot plot, and sunk a thin fence about six inches below the surface to keep out the rabbits, which are legion in our backyard. We put the cabbage right in the middle, and planted some cukes, green peppers and tomatoes. Sadly, the cabbage didn’t make it, our cucumber yield was minimal, and we were choking on green peppers and Romas. So this year, we added more cucumber plants, a different variety of tomatoes, and decided to experiment with some oddities: celery, peanuts, and stevia. Here’s the outcome:
As you can see, the cucumbers are prolific this time around. And that’s fine with us, because they’re the one vegetable that 3/4 of my children will eat. We can easily put away two per day just by snacking. I wish I’d paid more careful attention to the varieties we put in because these yellowish ones have a light citrus taste to them, and they’re really good.
We haven’t harvested the celery or peanuts yet, and we’re drying some stevia while we figure out what to do with it. But the tomatoes? They’re my favorite, and this year something has gone terribly wrong with them. As soon as they start to turn red, they develop some kind of blight on the bottom. We can still eat them as long as we get to them before the blight spreads too far. But what the heck?