Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Night Photos: Baby Vegetables! (2011 Garden Update #4)

Honey Bear Squash is a type of small acorn squash that I'm growing for the first time.

Long before digital cameras and the internet, I had a friend named John who used to tease me about loving my baby vegetables so much that I should photograph them and start carrying the photos around in my wallet, just like people carry pictures of their kids and grandkids.  Of course now I can post those baby vegetable photos on my blog and just show them to people on my phone, but what hasn't changed is how excited I get when baby vegetables start appearing on the plants.  It seems the era of torrential rains may have finally ended in Utah and veggies are popping out everywhere.  

The top photo in this post is Honey Bear Squash, a type of small acorn squash that's supposed to be extra flavorful.  I'm growing it as an experiment this year when I couldn't find any Really Big Squash plants.  (Links to seed and plant purveyors in this post are just to show the type of plant, and not necessarily an endorsement of that site.) 

This sprinkler pipe in my garden beds is less than an inch in diameter, to give you an idea of how tiny these baby cucumbers are.  I find cucumbers to be rather temperamental until they're established, so I'm always glad to see the first babies appear.

These are my beloved 8-Ball Zucchini, a plant I've grown for a few years now.   They taste like regular green zucchini, but the plants are round which makes them perfect for Grilled Zucchini, Stuffed Zucchini, or even Grilled Zucchini Pizza.

Of course, you always need to plant more zucchini than you really need, so I also have regular baby zucchini appearing.

And this is Yellow Straightneck Squash, which I combine with the regular zucchini and make my family's favorite zucchini dish,  "Creamed" Zucchini.

This year I'm growing onions for the first time, thanks to my brother-in-law Clayton who gave me onion starts.  It's really fun watching the onions starting to form.

Of course radishes are always the first baby plant to appear, and I've eaten some radishes from the garden already.  I need to pull a bunch of them this weekend, so some kind of salad with radishes will be on the menu.

There are no baby green beans showing yet, but I'm happy with how my beans came up.  (I wasn't sure if the soaker hoses would work as well for germinating seeds as the overhead sprinklers I had before.)  This year I tried to be a little more moderate in planting beans, so I only have three short rows!

And finally, checking in on the Brandywine Tomatoes that I showed in the last garden update.  I'm still weeks away from the first ripe tomato, but one of them is getting a tiny bit of color!

You can see more garden updates from earlier this year or other years by using the tab for GARDENING at the top of the page.  If you're the type who might carry photos of baby plants around in your wallet, be sure to let us know in the comments what baby vegetables are appearing in your garden!

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32 comments:

Maris (In Good taste) said...

It is so exciting when things start to grow. Your garden is glorious and the photos are perfection. Have a wonderful weekend!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

My supermarket sells baby zucchini when they are just the size of yours, and they're very expensive! My tomatoes have just flowered, so I'm still a long way from having tomatoes in the garden, and truly envious of your Brandywines.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, how cute :)

Anonymous said...

What soil mix do you use in your raised bed? It looks like your plants really LOVE it.

And how often do you water with the soaker hoses?

Pam said...

Your babies are so cute! :)

Kalyn said...

Aren't they cute little guys. My beds are filled with a mix called compost-enriched topsoil that I had delivered a few years ago from Millcreek Gardens in Salt Lake. This year I put about one bag of steer manure on each bed and dug it into the soil, and I'm also using a type of organic granular fertilizer (can't remember the name but I will check at the garden center and come back and add it.) My hoses are set to water every three days, which seems pretty good so far.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I would love to take a walk in your garden! And I'm sure I'd come away with a hundred pictures, too! The photos are gorgeous.

Michelle said...

That's a beautiful garden, Kalyn! Do you ever cook the squash flowers? I recently made a fritata with some of mine that was delicious.

Bruno said...

Howdy Kalyn,

Your garden is way ahead of mine... lucky you! I can't wait for the babies to appear in my garden. The anticipation is killing me :-)

Bruno

Kalyn said...

TW, come for a visit to Salt Lake!

Michelle, I always have good intentions of trying that, so maybe this will be the year I finally do it.

Bruno, we've been having a lot of sun since the rain finally ended, so I'm hoping for a good year. I know just what you mean about how hard it is to wait.

SixtyIsForty said...

Very cute baby veggies, Kalyn. I have a teeny tiny garden...enough for one tomato plant and 5 herbs.....however I am delighted that my strawberries in a container survived from last year and are just ripening now...I picked 5 of them for my breakfast this morning.

Kalyn said...

Wanda, how cool. I need to think of a spot for growing some strawberries!

miri leigh said...

What a beautiful garden...beautiful pictures! You are very talented!

Kalyn said...

Miri, thank you, you are so kind. I wish I knew a lot more about photography, but I'm learning.

wendy said...

My favorite zucchini recipe is your "creamed zucchini" also!! And as always, I love your pictures!

Jackie said...

My kids and I also love it when we see the seeds we planted start to grow. It can be a very exciting time to watch the plants grow as you nuture them.

Kalyn said...

Wendy, thanks. No idea where my mom first saw that idea for "creamed" zucchini, but we have been making it for years.

Jackie, what a fun thing to do with kids!

katrina said...

All those beautiful baby zukes make me swoon! We've had so much rain and chilly weather the zucchini plants aren't even flowering yet, though the sugar snaps are booming. Your gardens look so healthy and tidy!

Kalyn said...

Katrina, some year I want to try growing sugar snap peas. Maybe in a year when we don't have so many rainy days in the spring! I'm loving my new gardens with gravel around the bed, so much easier to keep the weeds under control!

Nicole said...

Hi Kalyn! I never knew how zucchini and squash grow-- interesting. We just started our first veggie garden this year, and it's doing great! We have onions like you, sugar snap peas (by the way, they are doing wonderfully in Wisconsin- rainy and cold spring), grape tomatoes, lots of lettuce, carrots, radishes, bell peppers... I could go on but will stop there.
It's so much fun watching the growth each week, and for whatever the reason, it seems to go quickly. If you're interested, you can see my garden posts here: http://wonderfuljoyahead.blogspot.com/p/home-garden.html

Take care and love your recipes!

Kalyn said...

Nicole I love your garden photos!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for answering my questions about your soil mix and watering routine.

I live in Albuquerque, NM where we're in the midst of the worst drought I've seen since 1993...about 2/10" (yes, that's two tenths of an inch) of rain since Jan so I elected not to have a summer garden this year T_T

But I hope to have a fall garden in raised beds if we get our usual summer "monsoons" to soften the earth a bit so I can dig in some good soil amendments and set up my irrigation system like you have.

In the meantime, I'll just continue to drool over your garden update photos and wish you many, many happy meals ^_^

Kalyn said...

Oh wow, that does sound like a very bad drought. I wish we could send you some our extra rain from Utah. We are having floods in some areas. Good luck with the fall garden!

Debbie said...

I love your baby pictures! I posted my own to my blog last week. I think only another gardener waiting for those babies to appear can appreciate how amazing it is to see them. I still haven't seen my squash yet, but I can't wait for the abundance of zucchini to begin! By the way, you turned me on to the 8 Ball Zucchini and I love it! This will be my second year with it. I'm also trying white scallop squash this year. I can't wait to see them - like little flying saucers in the garden.

Kalyn said...

Debbie, so glad you're enjoying the 8-Ball zucchini. I'm pretty much sold on growing them every year now. I have grown those white scallop squash too and liked them, but didn't ever find any plants this year.

Lisa @ Life in Green said...

Great pics. I think my garden is about right on track with yours!

I'm using raised beds for the first time this year and love it!

Kalyn said...

Lisa, I think having raised beds makes the garden so much easier to maintain. Love mine too.

Pam said...

Wow your garden looks great...I have 1 tomato, nothing else. I think I lack the TLC like you give yours!

Crystal Ainardi said...

cook the flowers from the zucchini!

Kalyn said...

Crystal I really need to do that!

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Johnpaul said...

Your vegetable photos are very nice!cute baby pictures

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