People with the "green thumb" ability impress me. Flowers and plants and such are something I appreciate and admire. They are something I would like to learn to grow but the process of getting there completely overwhelms me. I typically admire flower and vegetable gardens from afar, slightly in awe of the people who put them together.
This year we decided to try something new because, well, all the pieces were there.
We had a little box of dirt behind our house. My in-laws gave us some leftover seeds. The sun was shining. The kids wanted a garden. We had nothing to lose and vegetables to gain. So we gave it a whirl.
We planted zucchini, pea pods, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.
The tomato plant I put in a pot on our back porch. We actually have a few tomatoes growing on it, but the plant itself is starting to turn yellow. I'm not a gardener, so I don't know what that means, but I'm not counting on tomatoes.
As for the other vegetables, they might be growing. I can't tell for sure because the zucchini has taken over our garden!
I probably should have paid closer attention to the directions on the seed packet but all I could read was blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
I have since learned that zucchini plants grow very large and (if left unchecked by novice gardeners) can completely cover up a garden. Especially if you plant a lot of them (which we did)!
Even though our plants were huge, I did not think we would get any produce. Call me a garden skeptic, or a green-thumb realist if you want; I just don't trust my garden "skills." But to my surprise, we picked our first two zucchini last week.
They were huge.
Note to self: Garden needs to be checked more often than once every two weeks or the produce may grow too big. Not a bad problem to have, but maybe not the ideal.
Which brings me to another problem... I almost never cook with zucchini.
Therefore, I'm not sure what to do with it.
If you have a favorite zucchini recipe or zucchini art projects, please send them my way. I may even send you a zucchini thank you for your thoughtfulness.
Its looking like we will have oodles of those wonderful green vegetables to practice on.