Lettuces are nearly full-grown

I planted two kinds of butterhead-style lettuces in mid-spring: Buttercrunch and the chartreuse Mantilia. They’re close to being full-grown, so I’ll begin picking them pretty soon. While you can harvest them by snipping the outer leaves, I think I’ll pick whole heads, so I can see just how large the last head gets before I pick it. Here they are:

Buttercrunch lettuce, almost ready to pick.

Mantilia lettuce, in a window box.

Red and green leaf lettuce

Here are the red and green leaf lettuces. I’ve been snip-harvesting these for awhile. Each night, I walk the garden before bedtime, making sure no snails or slugs have taken up residence. I’ve taken to carrying Kailey, my guinea pig, with me. She usually gets a few lettuce leaves while we’re on patrol. She’s no good at snail hunting, so I put her in charge of morale. ;^)

Japanese Soya Cucumber plants are doing just great this year

I’ve grown Japanese Soya cucumbers for each of the last three years. These are very similar to the plastic-wrapped store-bought English cucumber, or Hothouse cucumber, in that they are ribbed and long. The fruit this year are much larger than in years past. The longer they grow, the more the diameter grows and flattens out the deep ridges. These cucumbers are “burpless” due to the seeds being small and few in number. Great treat on a hot day. Here are some photos:

GrowBox of Japanese Soya cucumbers

Next cuke I’ll harvest, currently about 16 inches long. Note how the ribs have almost flattened out.

another cuke ripening

Curvy cuke

Sweet corn on the Fourth of July

A friend of mine owns a farm in Kansas, where he grows corn. He told me that the corn is supposed to be knee-high by the Fourth of July.

Mirai Sweet Corn, July 4, 2012

My corn didn’t get the memo, because they’re about seven feet tall. Most stalks carry two ears, and a few carry just one. I planted two GrowBoxes with 10 plants each, for a total of 20 Mirai sweet corn plants. So far, I have around 16 ears going. Here’s a portrait of those plants:

Kailey enjoys fresh garden goodies

Kailey, our almost-10-year-old guinea pig, is quite in love with the garden harvests. Here, she enjoys leaf lettuce, and almost tastes the camera!