We had a cold spring, and I was on vacation during prime spring planting season. So those are my excuses for why my vegetable garden looks like crap this year.
I usually buy seedlings at a suburban nursery about 1 hour roundtrip from my house. This year, already behind and short on time, I bought my seedlings from a pop-up store along the roadside.
What’s wrong with this picture?
Red bell pepper, Italian frying pepper, same thing, right?
This plant was marked as broccoli. It’s kale. And not the good kind of kale that makes a nice salad. This is the tough stuff that requires a half-hour in a pressure cooker to be edible.
Also, because I was so late in planting, a few volunteers got started without me. I figured what they hey – fewer plants to buy.
I thought this was a cucumber plant, based on the leaves. It finally revealed itself this week as a butternut squash.
Another plant with cucumber-vineish leaves turned out to be what I thought was a cantaloupe. We ended up calling it a “cantanope.” As in, is “It a cantaloupe? Nope!”
It looks like a cantaloupe on the outside, looks like a honeydew on the inside, and has absolutely no flavor. I had to bust some myths – there’s no such thing as a canta-cumber, for one. And yes, it was “ripe.” It must have crossed with a honeydew, although I can’t imagine how as I have never planted one.
Finally, one volunteer did good. A cherry tomato, of course.
Sometimes I think I should just plant cukes, cherry tomatoes and lettuce and be done with it.
Well, at least there’s a farmer’s market in the park on Sundays.