If you’ve ever grown anything in the squash or melon family, then you know that it just takes one plant – maybe two – to supply a large family. These guys are usually huge and very productive.
I’ve been quite excited about growing zucchini this year (since I got the spiralizer and have been using it as a pasta substitute), and also cucumbers (the jars of pickles I put up in 2013 are starting to run out, so it’s time to make more).
Therefore, I was really disappointed when the seeds I started indoors did not transplant well to the garden. In a last-ditch effort, I sowed a few pickling cucumber seeds directly in the soil, but they did not seem to be doing much about a week ago.
In hindsight, I should have tapped into the patience a gardener has to practice daily and seen what the seeds would do. Instead, I rushed out to the garden supply store and bought a little pot of zucchini starts (5!!) and a little pot of cucumber starts (also 5!!!)
As fate would have it, one zucchini plant and two cucumber plants that I had started from seed are now thriving, and I’ve ended up with 4 total cucumber plants and 3 zucchini. Too many. (Stay tuned for whether I have the heart to thin out the plants to a reasonable number).
The moral of this story, I suppose: There is wisdom in waiting and having faith in growing things…