Schmidt Homestead

Our new home in Woodburn, IL

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

We have cucumbers! We found several last night that are about 6” long. We’ll give them a couple more days and then we’ll try one (or maybe I’ll take one tonight). The squash are about 4” long and getting fatter each day. It’s amazing how much the garden changed from Friday morning to Monday – especially since it rained some. The ‘from seed’ tomato plants that were about a foot tall are now closer to 18”, and a couple of them have blooms. We have a few tiny green beans and a dozen or so small green tomatoes. The beets are ready to begin picking. The pumpkin blooms are HUGE. We have blooms on the peas, cantaloupe and watermelon. The onions and potatoes have sprouted, and the lettuce has gotten even bigger. Some of the corn and giant sunflowers are as tall as I am!

We're unsure when to pick the cucumbers. Ours have a lot of white/light green on them – mostly on the bottom side. We don’t know if they will turn greener when they are ripe, or if we should pick them and set them in the sun to ripen like a tomato, or if our variety is a lighter color than we’re used to. I may just pick one and see how it tastes.