Cukes

I always seem to forget how quickly cucumbers grow and how big the plant can get!

This year we built a cucumber trellis for the plants and I planted 12 seeds and all of them germinated. At first I thought it would be fine but over time I realized that I should probably have had 5-6 plants grow to their full size.

Some tips for growing cukes:

  • They like sun but don’t plant them in full all-day sun, give them some shade too.
  • They like to climb up a trellis that is at about a 45 degree angle and give them something to wrap their tendrils around like string or fencing.
  • They like water so be sure to keep them well hydrated so that you get nice even sized cukes. When they are dehydrated their fruit goes narrow and then when hydrated again, it widens so you land up with a cuke that is shaped more like a giant peanut!
  • Keep the nasty shield (stink bugs) off – I use diatomaceous earth or I pick them off by hand (gloved hand that is). These are one of the destructive ones and destroy tomatoes and cukes by sucking the juices out of them and leaving a bruise or mark that sometimes also causes the fruit to rot.

Then my favorite recipe is to peel the cuke, thinly slice it and some red onion, put some rice vinegar over it with salt and pepper and if you like spicy some hot pepper flakes. So delicious!

How do I start a veggie garden?

1. Determine where and what you would like to plant your veggies in.

2. Plan the veggies you want to plant; Burpee has great choices and deals going on all the time

3. Determine what, when, how many and where you want to plant your seeds

  • Some will need to be planted indoors first about 6 weeks – 2 months before the last frost in your zone (ex. tomatoes)
  • Others will be planted directed into the planter (ex. lettuce, radish, beets)

4. Water, de-weed and care for your seedlings until they produce and are ready for HARVESTing!

My plan for this blog, is to go through each of the above steps with examples and recommendations that I have learned in the 4 years I’ve been gardening.

Note that I am NOT an expert but love to share my learnings, and would like to keep learning from others too!

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me on my journey to growing a veggie garden!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Note that I am NOT an expert but love to share my learnings, and would like to keep learning from others too!