Posts tagged Cucumbers

Desperately seeking…sun

May = rain

June = lots of rain

July = lots of rain, a hint of sunshine and a downpour to catch you out.

Pretty much sums up summer here and sadly has effected the veggie plot somewhat.

My French beans are a no show after a brief cold spell followed by all this damp.

My peas are looking a little mournful and only a few flowers dotted here and there so I’m not expecting much there.

Although runner beans are in flower, each plant is only 2/3rds the size that they normally are.

Carrots, beetroot crop are minimal.

So what’s good?

Potatoes. All growing very well and looking healthy in the potato sacks and beds. Even the one taking refuge in the flower beds looks pretty good. Will be digging up for a looksee soon.

Salad leaves aplenty in the greenhouse and am on my third consecutive batch of chard, lettuce, pakchoi, rocket, lambs lettuce, cress, oriental and spicy cut and come mixes. Basil, red Basil and oregano seem to like it in there too.




We were away for a few days the other week and fearing lack of water in the greenhouse I installed a 4ft child’s paddling pool in there and filled it with a few inches of water for my tubs. I wasn’t too sure what to expect and hoped that the excess water sitting at the bottom for so long wouldn’t rot the roots. When we arrived home and went to check, we were greeted by a wonderful display of tubs chock full of health salad leaves.

Cucumbers are coming along nicely and the first to crop are the mini’s.


The apple cucumbers are still very small and a couple have aborted, but the overall plant looks healthy and reaching the greenhouse roof.

White cucumbers are aplenty but still got a long way to go.

Tomato plants have flowered but no fruit yet. Unlike previous years, I’m quite proud that they’re coming along quite nicely thanks to mums tips for pot based plants – cut the bottom of a 10″ pot and sit into a grow bag (three pots per grow bag). Water the grow bag rather than from the top of the tub.


The mini greenhouse is also producing plenty of salad crop two and its been great off setting planting with those in the main greenhouse so as not to cause a glut.

So basically, anything under cover = thumbs up. Maybe I should do away with the veggie beds altogether and site a giant greenhouse instead?


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Catching up

April, quite literally has been a washout and so working out in the garden hasn’t been much fun and have much preferred the dryness of the greenhouse we’re i’ll be found listening to a few tunes, a cuppa and working at my potting bench. Plants that were hardening off outside during the brief sunny spells were subject to days of overcast and gloomy days, downpours, unseasonable cold temps and even the odd spot of hail. It’s no wonder some of my runner beans took a beating after the initial grown spurt 😦


Thankfully, May broke the clouds and we were treated to a few weeks of summer sunshine and all but one of them appears to have picked up and are now looking reasonably well

There around 5ft and I can just see that both these and the French runners are about to flower.


In the greenhouse and with the sudden bout of sunshine, everything is ready for potting on at the same time. It’s all a bit of a rush at the minute as I try to catchup.

Cucumber (white, mini and the oddball apple cucumbers) ready for repotting. After a hectic day at work, this is therapy. Sun, sound of birds, water splashing in the pond, pottering around…and of course a rewarding ice cold beer 🙂


First and second batch of salad leaves in the mini and main greenhouse. Yesterday, we sampled our first (small) pickings added to a bag of mixed leaves from the supermarket – you could tell which was homegrown. Crunchie, fresh and oh so tasty 🙂



All in all, quiet pleased with progress so far…still lots to do.

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Just nipped into the greenhouse to take shelter from this very wet Bank Holiday Monday and noticed the first of this years cucumbers have started to form.

Elsewhere in the greenhouse, things are coming along nicely. We’ve pretty much exhausted the first tub of salad leaves but have the second tub to start on now.


My only disappointment so far is the lack of Beetroot and Raddish over in the main bed. I’ll sow another batch later in the week when the soil isn’t so wet. Shame it’s so wet but then again, most bank holidays are!



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