I went out to check on my heart and soul (aka. the potted urban garden) this morning and look at the state of my very first prized cucumber!!!!
I was mortified to say the least. What's worse is the guilty culprit was no where to be found... or even if it was, I have no idea what I am looking for. Could those innocent little white "butterflies" be responsible for this massive munch? Or should I be looking for a large caterpillar of some sorts? Garden lovers- help me find the felon so I can send him on his way and restore my little urban Eden!
As I'm on the subject, I might as well show you around the rest of the potted garden.
The zucchinis are still providing- I will have a couple more to pick in a few days, making a grand total of 14 already picked and eaten this spring.
Tomatoes do take their time don't they? It feels like ages since these cherry tomatoes first arrived. I plucked and ate the very first red one a couple days ago, but the rest are still green with hints of yellowy orange in them.
The truss tomatoes are popping up everywhere. I can only hope I get to enjoy at least a few before we go away for three weeks (on December 14th). Otherwise, my trusty watering maids will get to enjoy the ripe fruits of their labour.
The potatoes are growing away in this pot. No idea whether there are any new potatoes there or whether I just have a potato with a lot of green sprouts. I think I'll harvest them right before we leave to go away. Fingers crossed. I planted "Safeway Organic Potatoes" (which is an oxymoron in my opinion), so we'll see if they result in anything at all.
The lettuce is looking lame. We have been picking and eating it probably a little too often, not sure whether it will re-grow or if I'll have to start growing some new heads in the new year. And the curly lettuce in the middle is doing something weird at the top. Does that mean it's going to seed? Does lettuce even "go to seed"?... I am so ignorant when it comes to such things.
Big B's kaffir lime tree is sprouting flowers, which I assume means we might even get a lime or two at some point. I wonder if they are edible or can at least be used in gin and tonics...?
The little red pepper plant is also flowering, hopefully we'll get some spice out of it in the new year.
Finally, our strawberries are still going strong. They went through some hard times after the heat wave, but they keep appearing. I think a bird got a hold of one of them because it has a few pecks in it. I'll probably pick these tonight for L'il B to have with some yogurt for dessert.
Hope someone has some answers in regards to the garden monster, because I was really looking forward to making homemade dill pickles!!