The official heat wave of the last several days is over, and now it’s drizzly and 65. There was a heat wave in my apartment, too. When the air conditioning is off during the day, my boxy little Federal-style rowhouse apartment heats up like a brick oven. A few weeks ago I stuck some zucchini, crookneck squash, tromboncino, and watermelon seeds into peat pots, but they failed to germinate quickly. I had given up on them, but the heat in my apartment was apparently the wake-up call these cucurbits needed. They’ve started sending up these thick stems with huge, alien-like cotyledons.
They’re growing incredibly quickly now. For context, the spindly little shoots on the left are tomatillo seedlings that germinated two weeks ago. The cucurbits have only been up for a couple of days. They kind of remind me of Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors. If they ask me to feed them blood, I’ll get nervous.