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June 1st 2010
archived under: Family Life, Gardening, Home & Garden, The Guy, Zora

One thing I had been curious about for a long time was the beet plant. I kept asking, “How many beets will one beet seedling make?” and no one could tell me… no book, no googling, etc. I guess the answer was, “Duh, one.” Now I know. I just didn’t know if it would be like a cluster of beets or what…

Why would anyone buy a beet seedling for like 2 bucks, just to grow ONE beet? (other than curiosity like I did) Seems like it would be something you’d grow from seed or not at all. Like cauliflower – if it’s not going to keep regenerating more heads of cauliflower, what good does it do to pay for a seedling (vs. a pack of seeds) just for ONE veggie?

Anyway, we pulled up the beet. It’s really big and yummy-looking. When I asked my husband to hold it up for a picture he said, “Why do I always have to be the face of this farm? I don’t even love beets – they’re just okay!”

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He handed me the beet and took the camera. Can you tell I’m crazy about beets and super-excited to eat this one?

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We also harvested some squash, zucchinis, peppers, and strawberries. We immediately washed and ate the berries – so juicy and good, though they’re not very sweet. I wonder what it is that makes berries sweet… is it genetic? Or environmental?

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THEN we saw this disgusting bugger. Fricking snails keep nibbling my zucchini but I had only seen one before… till now. So much for the “snails can’t crawl on crushed egg shells because they’re too sharp” theory that floats around the internet. Yeah, we’ve put crushed shells from DOZENS of eggs around the plant… and there’s the snail acting like they’re no big deal.

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So while I shouted hysterically, “You have to kill it! Kill it DEAD!” my husband smashed it with the back of the shovel. Gross.

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We still have some wonderful creatures though! Hello sweet little ladybug. I also saw another preying mantis baby but didn’t have my camera out at the time.

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We have dozens upon dozens of green tomatoes… I keep wondering when they’re going to all of a sudden turn red, but they keep staying green. They’re making me drool!

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Doesn’t look too bad, does it? Besides the munched-on zucchini and the not-growing-very-much peppers…

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The basil is doing well, and the green onions look cute. IMG_0880

And here’s the other bed – the squash is pretty happy overall, the more green tomatoes, strawberries are growing, etc.IMG_0881

The cucumbers are really confusing though. I guess maybe I bought the “wrong kind”? I’ve NEVER had a cucumber that didn’t want to climb, but these have put out NO tendrils to pull up with… I keep propping them up on the net/trellis, but they are just not motivated to stay there or to grow in an upward fashion. Are there non-climbing cucumbers? They’re not like a bush either – they’re vines that just want to drape down to the ground. So strange to me.

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The artichoke plant is pretty happy too.

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Angered by the snail, and fueled with a fierce territorialism, we set out 2 pie plates full of bud light (bought specifically for snails since the internet says they like that kind). The theory was that the snails will go in to drink the beer, get stuck and drown.

The reality? This morning my husband went out to check the traps… no snails in the traps. TEN snails on the zucchini. He plucked them off and put them into one of the pie tins, thinking they’d drown and die happy and drunk. After a few minutes he checked on them again, and they had escaped the trap and were crawling toward the zucchini again! WHAT?? Our snails are impervious to the internet’s wisdom! Anyway, he killed them. And hopefully that’s the end of it – but we’ll keep a watchful eye…

Also, incidentally, I had a dream last night that I had to eat 12 raw snails (all different varieties/species of snail) for an allergy test. I ate 11 before vomiting – and because of the snails’ textures, my vomit was just this thick mucous. It was so nasty. Had to share. Not only are they in my garden, but they’re in my dreams too? Annoying little buggers!

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Also, it’s getting warmer. I know this because Zora has moved from wanting to lay in the sunny spots in the grass to preferring the shade. She’s still enjoying herself though, rather than begging to be let back in immediately. IMG_0888







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