Last week when I bought all my little plantlings, I got three containers of zucchini squash. They looked so large and leafy and lovely, I couldn’t resist them. I didn’t get a chance to plant them last weekend so I just set them aside.
When I called my relative mid-week to find out how the plants were doing, he asked, “Why’ja buy so many zucchini plants?
“What? I only bought three containers. That’s not too many.”
“Yes it is when each container has six plants! We’re gonna have a lot of zucchini to eat!”
I went over to the house this morning to finish putting out the squash and other plants and discovered that my beans are already sprouting. I just sowed them a week ago today and some of them are three inches tall already!
In my excitement, I came home this evening and I googled snap beans to find out the yield per plant. I expected just a modest amount — enough for a serving a week for a couple of months or so. I almost fell off my chair when I read the yield estimate is about four or five pounds of beans per plant. Um… I have 32 bean plants. You do the math.
We still have a little more soil to dig up and we’re trying to figure out what else to plant. (Certainly not beans or squash). So far, we’ve planted 32 snap bean plants, cantaloupe seeds in an unknown quantity, five tomato plants in several varieties, a watermelon plant, three sweet pepper plants, one jalapeno pepper plant, French thyme, cilantro, basil, rosemary, lavender, and, of course, eighteen zucchini plants.
I’ll have to stick bags of produce in unlocked parked cars just to get rid of it all.
Until next time.
Lori G. (c) 2009