Last year a few Tuscan red onions went to seed. They sprouted impressive flower heads and after rain some of the seed within the head germinated, producing tiny onions on the flower head itself. I carefully rescued these and planted them. Yesterday’s harvest (pictured) is the result.
Usually we have an overabundance of beans but most of our current plants remained stunted and eventually shrivelled up. The only healthy one is a plant that sprouted in the herb garden where no bean seeds had been intentionally sown.
Our zucchini crop is also smaller than in the past, but that may be a blessing. We’re still getting enough for our own use without having to nag neighbours into taking some of the excess. I recall Barbara Kingsolver making a comment about people in her neighbourhood becoming more security conscious during zucchini season – locking their homes and cars to prevent anonymous gifts of excess zucchinis from neighbouring gardeners*.
Other successful plants this year are the Lebanese cucumbers. We’ve struggled with these in the past, but the last two years have been good ones. We also have promising signs with miniature watermelons. Yesterday I counted five or six good sized fruit developing and several smaller ones on the way. The smaller ones probably won’t amount to anything. We have such a short season for them to grow. They have to be planted late in the year to avoid frosts that persist even towards the end of spring, and then we can expect early frosts not long after the start of autumn. And anyway, it’s in summer when water melon is most appealing – so we’ll only want to eat those ready before summer’s end.
*In her book Animal Vegetable Miracle.