In the squash patch, a few zucchini are starting to peek out:
Just in case you don't know, you can easily tell the difference between male and female flowers on these types of plants. We have plenty of bees around this year, but in the past, I've sometimes taken a q-tip and "played bee" by swiping it inside the male flowers and then the female flowers each morning. The females have a miniature fruit at the base of the flower right from the beginning:
There weren't any female flowers open for me to take a picture of, but the inside of the flowers look very different too. Once you know what you're looking at, you can easily tell the difference.
While I was looking around at squash plants, I came across this chrysalis on the underside of one of the leaves. It has the shape of a swallowtail butterfly, but it's smaller and upside down. I haven't had any luck finding an identification for it online, so I left it. Any ideas on what it is?
Unfortunately, we found some of these too:
Nearby, our sweet potatoes are starting put out leaves:
We've never grown sweet potatoes before, so we're not really sure how this is supposed to go and if they're doing well or not. time will tell!
The black eyed peas we planted are really happy (and bug free!):
The peppers are really happy. The jalapenos are producing well:
Even the bell peppers that got crushed by the tree branch a little while ago are doing well (after a little propping to help them stand upright again):
We also have several arkansas traveler tomato plants that are doing well. They are a heat tolerant variety and will probably be a little later to produce. We're just starting to see small flower buds form, but none that have opened up yet.
The beans are still happy in their hugelkultur bed. It looks like we'll probably pick the first batch of green beans this weekend!
One last picture. One of my buddies in pest control: