I'm sure I have more recipes and gluten-free ideas to share, but lately I've mostly been thinking about my garden. I have tons of flowers now. This is my lemon cucumber:
My eggplants have been flowering nicely, but they don't seem to be getting fertilized. The flowers tend to just shrivel up and fall off. Do the bees find their downward-pointing flowers problematic? I'll start fertilizing them by hand soon using a small paintbrush. Last year this technique was responsible for granting me one whole eggplant! Perhaps this year I'll have better luck.My Sun Gold tomatoes are already starting to turn orange! This is really early for Portland.
Some of the cilantro I planted early has started to flower.I planted these calendula (marigold) flowers from seeds this year. I'm planning to harvest the seeds for planting next year.
I have several "volunteers" in my garden. They are either seeds blown in from a neighbor's yard, or seeds that were in my compost that sprang up. I'm not sure where this pansy came from, but I'm glad it's here. Did you know pansy flowers are edible? They are great in salad or as a striking garnish.
I'm not sure what these next voluteers are. I got the idea to post them to my blog from Jessie at Blog Schmog. Can you help me identify them? Perhaps this plant on the far left of the bed is a sunflower:
This one could be a pumpkin or squash. Any ideas?
If you have a good guess on my two mystery volunteers, please leave it in my comments!