Posts tagged Cucumber

First white cucumber sample

Thought we’d try one of these ugly buggers from the greenhouse this evening.

White cucumber

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It might look a bit weird but it tastes really nice. Much more crunchier than a regular ‘cumber and not too wet n soggy in the middle.

We’ll see how we get on with the others but I think they’ve made the list to be grown again next year.

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Sowing begins.

Rain, rain, thunder, rain, is that blue sky?, nope…..rain. Pretty much sums up April here. Doing the odd bit of weeding, mowing and general garden upkeep has had to be done during brief respites when it’s not chucking down…or, at times, putting ones waterproofs on and getting stuck in!

So with the rain pelting down again I raided my seed tin to see what I’m short on for this years veggie beds.

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We’re still getting the odd bit of frost in the morning and so I’ll be starting this first batch under cover in the main greenhouse, experimenting with the new mini greenhouse and having seed trays in propagators inside we’re it’s warm.

Despite the rain, I’m happy in the greenhouse, with a good cuppa and Radio 2 on my iPhone. I could stay here all afternoon….and I did 🙂

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Todays sowing –

Cucumber (mini, white a Apple variety)
Tomato (Large yellow stuffing) – will be getting more varieties from my folk in the next few weeks.
Peas
French beans
Runner beans
Chillies
Peppers
Potatoes (Charlotte and Maris Piper)

I’ve placed my potatoes into the grow sacks again after being indoors chittin away. In previous years I’ve added a third of compost to each sack, added five potatoes (one in each corner and one in the middle), covered with a few inch of compost and earthed up as they’ve grown. However, this year, and on recommendation from various friends, I’ve staggered the potatoes into two layers. One, containing three spuds after filling each sack with a third of compost, half filled, added two more potatoes and finally added more compost until the sack is full. No earthing up required. Let’s see if it works.

With the mini greenhouse placed closer to the house, sheltered but in full sun, I’ve sown a small batch of Rocket, mixed spicy salad leaves, Pak Choi, Swiss Chard, Mustard Cress, Lettuce and Purple Basil.

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My homemade compost is looking rather good and has been applied to the veggie beds were required. It looks like I’ll be playing catchup what with all this rain but I’m sure all will turn out ok in the end.

Here’s hoping for a dry May 🙂

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Apple Cucumber

These where given to me as part of a heritage set of seeds by greenfingered sister-in-law. Up until then had never heard of a Apple Cucumber!

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This variety originates from Australian as far back at the 1900 and quite the fashionable item in edwardian times. It’s certainly different!

I’m quite looking forward to seeing what the results looks like and with any luck, we might get to sample one.

Looking at the packet instructions, they’re no different to growing regular Cucumbers and it’s about this time of year that I sow mine so will be adding these too. I’ll be back with progress as they (hopefully) begin to grow.

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Cucumber invasion.

In contrast to June’s hot and sunny days, the start of July has kicked off with a bang and full of heavy showers, wonderful angry skies and thunder storms.

Taken yesterday evening…and quite literally seconds later, had to dash indoors to evade the heavy downpour!

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It’s a different story in the greenhouse which is warm and humid and by the looks of things, is being lapped up by my cucumbers. We have so many at the moment so all visitors to the house be warned – for the next few weeks all will be forced to take one home with them 🙂

Some if the smaller 6″ ‘socrate’ cuc’s

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Larger dark skinned cuc’s on the container plant.

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One of the larger ‘telegraph’ varieties

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More mini’s

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Veggie plot update 13/06/2011

Sadly, the following picture pretty sums up the weekend weather 😦

 

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I shouldn’t complain really. O.k, so i wouldn’t be RetroBriting my Commodore 128 this weekend, but at least the garden received a much needed soak.

With all the rain it was way to wet to do anything practical in the garden but itching to get out there I was able to at least spend an hour or so in the dry greenhouse simply potting about and making sure everything was fed and watered and cared for.

From the looks of things, this years crop of Cucumber’s are going to be my best to date with many healthy fruit growing en mass. Here’s where my iPhone really comes in handy as i’m able watch handy Youtube vids or chat with fellow gardeners live from the greenhouse. High Tech gardening and it’s best!

I love how theseside shoot things seek out something to wrap around amd support the cucumber plant. Some, like this one below needed a helping hand though.

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Out in the beds the peas have started to flower (and I also noticed the first pod this evening) and the potatoes are also in flower. I’m guessing this is a good sign for both?

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Elsewhere in the garden, tiny alpine strawberries are running riot amongst the pots and tubs providing a green carpet and a splash of color to otherwise drab areas. Rather than keep them compact last year we decided to let the runner shoots run wild. Being rather small, the increased amount of strawberries is a bonus. They’re rather strong in flavour and are great tossed with green salad and a splash of  Balsamic vinegar.

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Sadly, the heavy rain had knocked quite a few of the tall plants and flowers to the ground. Some of my Alliums in particular have been flattened but with so many of them, taking a few out hasn’t spoilt the show and they look great in a vase in the kitchen.

One of the many that survived the downpour.

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Here’s hoping the weather will be better next weekend!

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Veggie Plot update – First Potatoes.

It occurred to me whilst boiling potatoes for this evenings dinner that I’ve not actually checked my own potato growbag for a few weeks. So whilst dinner was cooking, I has a prod around in the soil in one of the grow bags that we planted first. Just under the soil surface i felt my first ever homegrown spud and pulled it out..fantastic!

Fishing around a little deeper I could feel quite a few in there but I didn’t want to lift out too many as we still have quite a few spuds left from the supermarket. I won’t be buying anymore for the time being and looking forward to cooking with our own this weekend.

Taken from the first batch of seed potato I set at the end of March.

Also had a couple of cucumbers and courgette ready for picking in the greenhouse this evening.

Whilst i had my camera out, I thought I’d take a stroll around the garden.

Crocosmia

Gladiolas

Leek flower head.

Coriander left to flower.

Attracting all manner of visitors.

Giant Daisy

No idea what this is but the scent is amazing!

Red-Hot Pokers

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Veggie plot update – July 16th

Spending time in the gardening and working on the  veggie plot hasn’t been easy this week what with all the heavy and frequent showers we’ve been having. I’m not complaining though, the garden really was in need of a good soaking and although grey clouds were looming, I took advantage of the brief dry spell to give the lawns a quick haircut. With everything looking neat and tidy again and still no rain, i though I’d continue to do a few odd jobs around the garden until it did.

Last April, we cut down our cherry blossom tree that  was becoming way to big and unmanageable. Rather than removing the stump altogether, I’d leveled it at about 5ft and sat a bird table on top. However, I really miss that tree and the additional color to the garden it brings with its dark red and purple leaves and really regret cutting it. However, all is not lost though as it’s started to grow back these past few months and so we now have a purple lollipop:-)

Now that I can keep the size in check, the bird table top had to be moved. I dug out the pole and stand out of the garage (I’m so glad i didn’t throw them away), screwed, hammered and swore at it until it was built and moved it near the pond and hedgerow where the garden birds like to hang out.

Our resident collared doves seem to like it but ‘Dwayne’ just can’t seem to figure out where the goodies are!

With the first large drops of rain starting to fall, I spent a few hours in the dry greenhouse sowing a variety of salad leaves & herbs as part of the rotation to keep us well stocked.

As well as picking small leaves for salads, I’ve allowed some of the Swiss Chard to fully grow which we use in stir fries. Like beetroot leaves I really love the coloring on these leaves.

We’re finally picking peas now, except I’m prone to eating them before they make it to the kitchen:-)

As an experiment, I’d sown  lettuce & swiss chard into very small 3″ pots purely to see what results I’d get. So far so good and taking up hardly any room. It’s amazing how much stuff you can pack into just a small area.

More mixed leaf salad tubs. This is one of two that were sown together and forms our third sowing batch. The first has been eaten and therefore fresh seeds have been sown (and just starting to break the surface) and we’re currently eating the second batch.

No ripe tomatoes yet 😦


So far, we’ve had four of the mini cucumbers but none of the larger type yet. There’s two that’s pretty much ready and hoping that this will be the third.

One of my favorite moments in the greenhouse is after not noticing that something is growing until I happen to lift up a leaf or turn around a pot and see it….or, maybe I just need new glasses 😛

Sadly, the Runner Beans are not cropping as well. We’ve had a few but certainly not on the same scale as last year.  Still, it’s all very much trial and error I guess. Likewise, the Aubergines haven’t developed fruit yet. As this is the first time I’ve grown these, I’m not 100% sure is this is o.k at this stage in the season? Overall, the leaves look healthy and are covered with purple flowers. More research is required I think!

I talking to my folks the other day and they’ve just had there first batch of potatoes grown in potato grow sacks. From memory i planted mine a few weeks after theirs so I’ll be checking my first earlies this weekend.

One of my favorites this year are the long cylindrical Raddish’s we’re growing. The shape means you get to eat more per seed 🙂

Apart from a few hiccups, everything seems to be coming along nicely.

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