Monday, July 11, 2011

First Cucumber Harvest! and Kitten Update

Over the weekend we harvested our first cucumbers!
These cucumbers are in the small 10x2 plot in the ground. We also have some growing in containers but those haven't developed fruit yet.

We harvested a handful of onions from the bulbs we planted early in the spring. These were also in the ground. I'd say this ain't too shabby for our first time growing onions. They smell delicious!

We also harvested a few early girl and grape tomatoes, as well as some yellow squash and broccoli (not pictured because we ate it). I saved these containers from produce I bought from the farmers' market a few months ago. It's great for storing these small harvests.

This is one of the few pictures I have of all five foster kittens. They love sleeping on the bathtub like this. They're doing well--very playful, eating well, gaining weight, etc. Two of the boys are big enough to get neutered this week, and then it's on to the adoption room for them. I'll probably only have the rest of them for another week or two. I would love to take each one individually out onto the deck so they can be in the garden, hear noises, smell different things, etc., but the paranoid part of me is worried about compromising their health in some way. I attended a kitten care workshop over the weekend that, quite frankly, scared the crap out of me! That sounds a bit dramatic (these were strays, after all), but the instructors did present worst case scenarios in terms of diseases and parasites that can affect kittens in your care. I would feel so horrible if something bad happened to any small creature that is in my care, and heaven forbid anything should happen to my own little pet cat. I think they told one story too many of a kitten suffering from burn marks from being left on a hot concrete sidewalk, so no hot deck for them. The kittens are sweet little animals; I hope they find their way to loving and responsible families.

Do you have any pets? I'd love to hear about them.


  1. Your cucumbers look great! And I love broccoli - I would have eaten it up before taking a picture, too! haha Your onions look good - for some reason, I don't do well with them. Cute kitties. I hope they find great homes.

  2. Your harvest is very impressive, and those cucumbers look yummy! The kitties are so cute sleeping on the bathtub. You are such a good parent to them, I am sure you are doing all the right things.

  3. I'm glad the kittens are doing well. I love your harvesting updates. It makes me want to grow something besides flowers.

  4. @HolleyGarden--thank you! I was really surprised to see the onions do OK. My nemesis plant is cilantro. I'm still trying though.

    @Masha-thank you! I think we may keep one :)

    @GirlSprout--you should totally try to grow some veggies! Start with something small in a container, and you'll get hooked!

  5. The kittens are so cute! My children are all grown and gone, so when our beloved collie mix, Lily, passed away earlier this year, Lou and i decided no more doggies. It's very strange, the first time in 26 years we have been without pets! We do have a couple of goldfish. I am trying to talk Lou into a kitty, but he thinks they are all bloodthirsty predators that will kill the birds.

  6. Great looking cukes. :) I think I didn't plant enough this year...and thanks for giving us the kitty update! We have a shih tzu; I can't imagine not having a pet of some kind.

  7. @Deb - I'm sorry to hear about your collie Lily. I would love to have a dog, maybe when our schedules are better able to accomodate one. Your husband's comment made me laugh! I don't know about other cats but mine is the biggest softie!

  8. @Hanni - shih tzus are so cute! That's the breed my friend wants to get once she moves into a bigger apartment.

  9. You have a full harvest...yum-yum! Your kittens are adorable, and I think you have made the right choice to keep them safe in your care. I have two Siamese cats, 16 year-old Simba and 6 year-old Sasha. They are a joy to watch and love. We cannot imagine life without them.

  10. I would keep ALL the kitties, but thats because I'm mad about cats! I have a 9 year persioan cat and a 4 year old Rottweiler - the oddest couple, but somehow they get along, actually love each other.

    Your harvest of veg looks scrummy!!!

  11. @Sage Butterfly and GardeningBlog--hooray for cat lovers! Siamese and Persians are both beautiful breeds. And oh how I wish I could keep all those sweet little kitties. They are so sweet. And thank you for the compliments on the veggies!

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