Garden Party: Pea Stalking and Beet Bandits

Week 8

I am a terrible zucchini farmer. The first I saw of a bunch of perfectly edible zucchini was in a frying pan at my mother’s house. She had gone out and found several ready to pick where I had failed to find any. Therefore, I have taken a bunch of photos of the zucchini plants so that I might study them more closely and see if I can see something in a photo that I miss in the three-dimensional world. All I can see with the plants in front of me are these great big yellow flowers:

Zucchini blooms getting bigger.

Zucchini blooms getting bigger.

I did find a couple of squash this size:

Could eat it today or wait until tomorrow.

Could eat it today or wait until tomorrow.

So far my photos revealed nothing I missed in person. I guess my camera is as blind as I am because I’m sure Mom will be out there gathering enough zucchini for a banquet tomorrow.

On the peas front, however, I did not see these pods until I was cropping the photos:

Peas! Really!

Peas! Really!

So that’s exciting.

In the bad news department, I think I have gophers. After putting up vertical netting, I saw the root crops still being disturbed. So I put netting over the top and still found this:

Note the buried drip line.

Note the buried drip line.

And this:

More buried drip line.

More buried drip line.

Now why would the gophers be so limited to just these same spots? And if these are gopher mounds, why don’t they look more sturdy? And what the heck do I do about them? The garden is already in double stacked (hence, double-floored) wooden beds.

I am beginning to despair about the Chiriman. Still no blooms, but I do see some climbing vines. I wonder if those mean anything? The green bloom-like things are evidently just more leaves.

Will these ever start acting like squash plants?

Will these ever start acting like squash plants?

I must be patient. They were described as a “winter squash.”

I cannot tell what the cauliflower are doing. They just keep getting taller. I might have to look it up.

Cauflilower transplants looking happy enough.

Cauliflower transplants looking happy enough.

Peas! And donkeys!

Peas! And donkeys! The neighbor donkeys came over to see what I was doing, probably hoping I had something for them.

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