We’ve been eating cucumbers, and we all like them here and have agreed that none from any store will ever taste this good.
A couple things that Eliza got unusual seeds for are starting to get really interesting. She got seeds for some small water melons, meant to be grown in containers. She has them in a large wooden box, but they’ve come out of there and are roaming around in 2 directions. I never grew watermelons before and I think it’s so cute that they get “born” with their stripes already on, lol. This bigger one is now the size of a golf ball and has grown just in the last day, really.
She has her purple jalapenos which are full of peppers, but she also got seeds for purple sweet bell peppers. These start out yellow when they first develop but soon turn this beautiful purple color. I can’t wait to see what they will taste like.
I always liked to grow unusual things and this year there is sure more unusual stuff here. But one of my old favorites is one that is unusual around here cos nobody grows them here: black eyed peas. They have started setting bean pods, which start out in a really unusual way compared to other beans.
One of several new beans here this year is black turtle beans, which Dylan asked me to grow. He likes them in chili. I started with just a few seeds from a seed company, but I’ll save seeds for next year cos they’re heirlooms, of course. I opened a pod the other day to see what was going on in there. They are pink right now. I read that they really aren’t so good to eat fresh; better dried and rehydrated.
Eliza’s purple Thai beans are just now really starting to climb their trellis poles. More about them later.
Another unusual bean to grow this year came from a friend far away, just cos she knew I would enjoy growing them. Sam, look at the buds! These are orange Lima beans from the Hopi Native Americans in Arizona. I love Lima beans and she said these are better than any others, and I can’t wait to taste them! They have grown 4′ up a tee pee made of bamboo and now want to get longer, so they’ll go across a bamboo pole over top of two tomato plants. Many of our plants are good neighbors here and some get by with a little help from their friends. And my grove of bamboo supplies us with raw materials for making paths for things to climb on.
I’m so thankful for the blessings the earth gives us: good food, good knowledge that we are growing food in natural ways, the way it was intended to be grown. And the plants teach us each year how to improve things next year. I have a saying which sometimes makes people think I have lost it: If you learn how to listen to the plants, they will tell you their secrets. That’s old wisdom that was passed on to me at a very early age.