1) They grow so frickin fast that I can almost literally watch them grow!
2) The damn deer don't eat them!
3) The variety, shapes and colours are so much fun!
I'm sure there are more reasons, but that's all I can think of at this minute.. :) I just ran up to the garden to snap a few photos.. I haven't photographed the snake gourd yet - it's just too big right now and in an awkward position under the A-frame trellis.. I will soon, promise, but I think it will be our biggest ever - looks about 4 feet right now! UPDATE - PHOTO OF THE SNAKE GOURD ADDED BELOW.
Also, I'm still seeding for fall/winter, so don't slack off yet.. Yesterday, I put in a bed of arugula, tatsoi and some mixed Asian greens that I have from Baker's Creek Heirloom Seed company. Plus, I have more lettuces, mache, spinach, radishes, mustards, mizuna and much more left to seed. Of course, I just noticed that a young deer walked through this new bed last night on it's nightly pilgrimage to eat my beloved beans. Bugger!! I really am getting that electric fence next year. No more worrying and trying to keep out the deer. I am done with that!
|Caveman's Club?? Hope so, there are about 6 of these growing now.|
Hard to tell the difference between these and the long
handled dipper gourds.
|The flower of a hardshell gourd. The ornamental gourds|
have the typical pumpkin-like yellow blooms.
(See the bee!)
|Huh? Who are you.. thought this would be a cannonball|
gourd, but it's not so round..? Whatever it is, it is
8-inches from stem to blossom end.
|A family favourite, the spinning top gourd!|
|Funny angle, great gourd. This is a long handled dipper|
gourd. 2 feet long
|Totally unrelated, but my first Armenian cucumber of|
the year! Botanically a melon, this is a great 'cuke'!
|I thought (hoped) this was a Caveman's Club, but|
now realize it is a long handled dipper gourd.
|Ok.. I went back out and tried to photograph|
this - the snake gourd.. awkward, but so huge!