Sunday, July 16, 2006

Bananas in the Garden

One of the perks of Kim's job is that she gets a very nice plot of land in the back of the building on which she has a garden. They are nice enough to provide water and a whole bunch of gardening tools. Even though she had the choice of having a really large garden, Kim chose to stick to something manageable (which sometimes is still more than she can handle). We decided earlier this week to get banana trees and if you are coming to the wedding you'll see why. It turned out that Lowe's actually had a few (3) banana trees in stock and they looked healthy. We picked up a pair and put them a couple of feet into the ground in the garden where hopefully the abundant sunshine and plentiful water will keep them happy until the wedding.

These trees apparently grow up to 7-8 feet tall and it turns out they are fruit producing, so it'll be interesting to see what they actually manage to produce.

While I was there digging the holes for the trees I also looked around her garden since I haven't been there in over a month. Its truly amazing how fast gardens can grow and how fast certain vegetables can grow. The first we noticed were this pair of huge zucchini which Kim says were non-existent on Friday. At this rate I'll have to be eating zucchini salad, zucchini stir fry, zucchini pasta, zucchini muffins, etc... (jk).

The tomatoes are also coming in nicely; so far there's only been a handful of grape tomatoes and an 'early girl' or two, though from the looks of things we are about a week away from tomato overload.

Kim has also planted okra, bitter melon, green beans (starting to harvest a bit now), watercress, Italian basil, Poblano peppers, bell peppers, Thai chili, cucumbers, Chinese celery, sugar snap peas and various herbs. Oh yea there's also a Kafir lime tree hanging out in a pot. Phew, so many things in such a small plot of land. The scary thing is the harvesting has shown hints of starting...

Technical Specs: Fuji F30, some shadows/highlights work in PS.
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