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Baby Cucumbers!

March 31, 2012

Last Sunday, I started seeds in containers; chives, cucumbers, dill, basil, and lavender. I really expected nothing to come of it, as I’ve never done this before and figured something – light, water amount, temperature, whatever – would be wrong.

Two nights ago, this pot was nothing but dirt. I didn’t look at it yesterday, but today: cucumber explosion! I am very excited. I may see some success growing these at least, and maybe even success planting them outside in a month or so.

And if I get a crop of cucumbers, I will be beside myself; I just made my first batch of tzatziki sauce, and cucumbers coming up will keep me in tzatziki all summer long. To say nothing of cucumbers + dill (assuming that comes up) = homemade pickles.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Nikol permalink
    March 31, 2012 7:37 pm

    Yay!! I have high hopes for growing cukes this year, too.

    • Dane permalink
      April 8, 2012 10:35 am

      Good luck with your own cucumbers! Do you have plans for them already?

  2. April 10, 2012 3:26 pm

    I bought some cucumbers already started from the nursery this year because I haven’t had a ton of luck growing them from seed. I bought 4 different varities – Longfellow, Bushy, Japanese Climbing, and Straight 8. I have no idea which of those is a good one. I just picked them at random. I grew cukes last year but I don’t even know what variety they were! Then I also planted some Lemon Ball cucumber seeds, and some White Wonder cukes, too. So far I have a total of two seeds that have actually sprouted. Two. Out of, say, a dozen. So depressing. Anyway, I’m hoping they’ll do well. Every time I’ve grown cucumbers in the past they eventually fall prey to some sort of disease or…something. I don’t know if it’s mildew or spider mites or some other disease. All I know is the leaves get all weird and spotty and then they wither and die. Whatever the aiment was took out ALL my cucumber plants in 2010 before I harvested a single one. Last year I got quite a few before whatever-is-is set in . I’m going to try to be a little more vigilant this year and use a soap spray. Here’s hoping!

    How are your cucumber babies?

    • Dane permalink
      April 11, 2012 5:52 pm

      Wow, that is depressing and disheartening. 😦 Speaking of which, and since you asked, these things were going great guns, about 4 inches tall each, until Sunday. It was a fairly warm, sunny day and I sat them outside to get some sun and warmth and when I brought them in a few hours later, all but three had died. 😦

      Guess I’ll try another packet of seeds … or maybe not. Maybe I’ll just see if the survivors do okay outside next month.

      • April 12, 2012 1:01 pm

        I now have four cucumbers that have sprouted from my seeds! I think I have 3 Lemon cukes and one White Wonder. Not entirely sure. But they seem to be doing OK! I planted marigolds in the same bed since they’re supposed to be good companion plants.

        I also have four zucchini plants this year. FOUR. What was I thinking?

      • Dane permalink
        April 14, 2012 4:57 pm

        I don’t know what you were thinking – from what I’ve heard, you will now find yourself with about 110 zucchini by fall! Congrats on the cucumbers.

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