|Here's part of the veggie garden, looking toward the pumpkin patch. You can see that we harvested and tilled two of the raised beds, and the last one was just planted with winter broccoli.|
One new thing we did this year was to hand-pollinate our cucumbers and squashes. Anouk learned to do it very well, so she helps to keep on top of it. I feel like I have a much more intimate relationship with my vegetables. It's interesting to see the female flowers open, waiting eagerly for some action, then to look for the male flowers, with their very male anatomy, and to intervene on their behalf. Sometimes a plant will have a ton of females, with no males in sight, and other times it's the opposite. And it is always sad to see the withered fruit of a female that was never pollinated; a loss of potential food. Since we started hand-pollinating, we have so many more cucumbers, it's amazing! And they are absolutely delicious.