What A Year…What A Year: August – September

Ahhhhhhhhhh, we are heading toward the home stretch.  We had the kids for a few days in August before the session closed for summer break (two weeks).  It was hard to keep them interested, as all we were doing was maintaining the crops until they were ready to harvest.  During the break a few kids along with a parent or two would come out to “shop” for that day’s dinner.

Mother and son having their pick of what's ready!

Mother and son having their pick of what’s ready!

But many of the kids did not know what laid ahead for them when they returned to school, like…

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Zucchini

Zucchini

Summer Squash

Summer Squash

Watermelon

Watermelon

Popcorn

Popcorn

A row of Kale

A row of Kale

Side view of Kale garden bed!

Side view of Kale garden bed!

Okra Plant

Okra Plant

Okra Pods

Okra Pods

Tomato

Tomatoes

them Cukes...Them Cukes!

Them Cukes…Them Cukes!

Leek

Leek

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Pepper Plants

Pepper Plants

Pepper Plants

Pepper Plants

Ripening Peppers

Ripening Peppers

Fall crop of Collard Greens

Fall crop of Collard Greens

Fall crop of Collard Greens

Fall crop of Collard Greens

Cayenne Peppers

Cayenne Peppers

Habanerro Peppers

Habanera Peppers

Habanera Peppers

Habanera Peppers

Hungarian Yellow Wax Peppers

Hungarian Yellow Wax Peppers

The most anticipated fruit was watermelon.  And despite being vandalized by a thief, who hit the melon patch twice, we were able to provide our young gardeners with their expected treat….a treat with a twist!

Instead of the usual pink or red flesh one would expect of a melon, this variety, Yellow Doll, was yellow on the inside! Subsequently, it had a slightly different taste too.  I bet our thief was surprised and not too pleased with what he stole, because what he took wasn’t ripe.

Our kids though did not embrace this melon variety either.  The concept was too foreign for their young minds.  They were polite and gamely taste-tested the samples provided but nobody and I do mean nobody asked for seconds.

 

The Watermelon Surprise!

The Watermelon Surprise!

 

Look at that face!

Look at that face!

 

 

 

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