So recently we have had a bout of lovely weather. Not hot, not cold, just right. We have also been blessed to get rain, loads of it. The gardens are just loving the rain. The plants will take tap water if it is dry, but after a good rain the plants just flourish.
Another pretty vine is butternut squash. The squash plants are all starting to take off. The one pictured to the right has vined its way through the peppers, around the eggplants and in this photo is creeping up on a celery (I think). I love the shape of the leaves on these vines, they are just so pretty!
This is the first time we have grown eggplants. I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of these plants. The have the prettiest flowers. You can definitely tell that they are a nightshade, the flowers are very similar to potatoes in both shape and colour (although potato flowers do very from white to purple). The eggplant flowers are have larger petals then potatoes, but the pistol is the same shape and colour as potatoes, and well, most nightshades. They are the give away.
I really like the foliage on the eggplants as well. They have a velvety look to them, but are smooth the touch. The eggplants in the big veggie patch have started to fruit. They take a long time to ripen, so it is great to see that we have some babies already. I cannot wait to eat these beauties!
The veggies are not the only plants to appreciate the cool weather and rain, the flowering plants have benefited just as much! To the right you can see our first Cup plant flower of the year. There are a few of these around the yard, but the one at the back, near the asparagus, was the first to flower. We are a big fan of the Cup plant, it attracts beneficial insects, as well as being pretty!
We are planning to harvest the chicory flowers for salads and to candy. Then we will harvest the roots.
At the beginning of the season, we harvested a few of the roots to try. We roasted them and added then to our coffee. I was pleasantly surprised. They kind of smelled like arrowroot cookies. Is that what they are made of? Anyways, we added it to our coffee, and it was very nice.
I guess that is it for now, when the chicken pen and coop are built I will do a full post just on the project. Until, get outside and eat the weeds! They are tasty and nutritious!