When we went outside a little while later, we put a layer of potting soil in a large tub...
... and started our own potatoes growing. We'll add layers of soil as they grow, to hill up around them, and hopefully in a few months we'll have potatoes to eat!
We're observing them every day, watching their progress.
This week our pumpkins - the ones that have sprouted from our old jack-o-lanterns (read previous posts about that here), have started to bloom.
Unlike most flowers, squash blossoms are either male or female. This is a male blossom, it has a single stamen in the center, female squash blossoms have a ring of five stigma, and a baby fruit growing from the base. Once you see them side by side, you'll have no trouble differentiating! The male flowers always start first, and are prolific. These are the ones we eat! We're careful to leave the female flowers, so they can bear fruit for us. Want to know more about eating squash blossoms? Here is a link.
See how many I picked on just this one day? We have about a dozen flowers each day right now, and they are best in the early morning. My friends come running to get a taste of them!
There's one more fun thing we've been watching in the veggie garden this week - lots of ladybugs! One of my kiddos is very into ladybugs, and knows that they eat aphids - and the children wanted me to show them what aphids look like. When they asked a month ago, I hadn't seen any, but this week I found them swarming on our old cabbage plants that have gone to seed - we ate those blossoms too by the way! Here's what these aphids look like - tiny little gray-green bugs.