Sunday, July 11, 2010

Planting

Today I planted:
12 red lettuce starts
1 thai hot pepper start (we'll see if it's too late in the season for this)

A couple of days ago, we planted:
more onion seeds to fill in where there were gaps where we'd planted onions earlier
chive seeds
salad mix

2 comments:

Michele said...

Thanks for posting this :)

Follow up question about eating squash blossoms. I am starting to get some on my zucchinis now, but I'm worried that if I harvest them too early, I will hurt the pollination process. Do you guys wait until the plant is producing fruit before you harvest the flowers? Or just go for it straight away? Does squash self pollinate or does it need some bee action?

Kate said...

From:

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/veggies/ssquash.cfm

Both summer and winter squash blossoms can be battered and fried in a little oil for a wonderful taste sensation. Harvest only the male blossoms unless the goal is to reduce production. Male blossoms are easily distinguished from the female blossoms. The stem of the male blossom is thin and trim. The stem of the female blossom is very thick. At the base of the female flower below the petals is a small bulge, which is the developing squash.

Always leave a few male blossoms on the vine for pollination purposes. There are always many more male flowers than female. Harvest only the male squash blossoms unless you are trying to reduce production. The female blossom can be harvested with a tiny squash growing at the end and used in recipes along with full blossoms. Use the blossom of any variety of summer or winter squash in your favorite squash blossom recipe.

Use pruning shears or a sharp knife to cut squash blossoms at midday when the petals are open, leaving one inch of stem. Gently rinse in a pan of cool water and store in ice water in the refrigerator until ready to use. The flowers can be stored for a few hours or up to 1 or 2 days.