Is a cucumber a vegetable or a fruit? It depends on who's talking.
To a botanist, a biologist who studies plants, a "fruit" is the part of the plant that has the seeds. It is also the part of the plant that emerges from the flower. The cucumber flowers pictured above became cucumbers, like the one hanging from the vine. To a chef, the flavor is what counts. A fruit is sweet, like apples, or sour, like lemons. Freshly picked vegetables are crisp and offer a wide variety of unique flavors.
"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad." ...Author unknown
Water Every Day
unless it rains
Think about coffee grounds after the coffee is made. They are moist, not soggy. That's how the soil should be for your vegetables all the way down to their roots. If your temperatures rise above 80 and 90, you will need to water more often. If the plant is in a container instead of in the ground, you will need to water more often. Smaller containers dry out faster.
More Watering Tips
Don't water the tomato leaves. Water the roots.
Gentle shower spray is best for tiny sprouts and new seeds.
Mulch can help retain the moisture in the ground, so plants do not dry out as quickly.
Watering is a big job, but it is perfect for children who want to help.
Change is constant in a garden. Flowers change into fruit. Green tomatoes change into ripe red tomatoes. Leaves and stems change back into soil in the compost pile. Prepare your garden and yourselves for summer heat and storms. Plants and people adapt to change.
SMART BOOKS TO READ
IN THE GARDEN
Written by Pat Brisson
Illustrated by Bob Barner
Cookie’s Week/La Semana de Cookie
Written by Cindy Ward
Illustrated by Tomie DePaola
Curious George Plants a Seed/Jorge el curioso siembra una semilla
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear/El Ratoncito, La Fresa Roja y Madura y El Gran Oso Hambriento
By Don and Audrey Wood
Illustrated by Don Wood
The Carrot Seed
By Ruth Krauss
Illlustrated by Crockett Johnson
Leo the Late Bloomer
By Robert Kraus
Illustrated by Jose Aruego
Inch by Inch
By Leo Lionni
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By Eric Carle
Written by Nancy Winslow Parker and Joan Richards Wright
Illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker
The Grouchy Ladybug
By Eric Carle
Buenas noches, maripositas
Del creador de Diez pequenas mariquitas
Jump, Frog, Jump/Salta, Ranita, Salta
By Robert Kalan
Pictures by Byron Barton
Eating the Alphabet
By Lois Ehlert