Outdoor Cukes 2012

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Ate 3 indoor-grown cucumbers, and transplanted out my summer cukes. I'm trying a new trick, bracketing my cucurbits with geraniums, which is said to deter squash bugs. Geraniums certainly do have strong-scented oils, and make a real impact on neighboring soil, so I have high hopes for this plan...

  

The cuke varieties are Korean grace white (for cool-tolerance), Tasty Jade Japanese, Pearl white, and Tendergreen.

I probably ought to start the melons indoors soon, huh...

Harvests:

Korean grace white : 44 (first 6/30)
Tasty Jade : 21 (first 7/1)
White Wonder: 5 (first ~7/21)
Tendergreen: 10 (first 7/28)

all dead by Aug. 27 - powdery mildew

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 Outdoor cucumber season

 Outdoor cucumber season ended early this year - they all died of powdery mildew by August 27. Maybe with a spider mite power assist. Which means all that harvest (80 cukes) was spread over only 2 months - I was inundated while they lasted. 

     

I didn't like the white wonder cucumbers. As usual, the Korean grace white cukes weren't my favorite flavorwise, but they produce like crazy. Only ever saw 1 or 2 squash bugs - maybe the geraniums really did work to fend them off. No shortage of cucumber beetles.

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Another 2 weeks, another 27

Another 2 weeks, another 27 cucumbers (that's outdoor - 31 counting the indoor cukes...) The trick with adding MirAcid continues to perform miracles with members of the squash family. The main cuke-pile got pretty torn up yesterday, though, extracting bean vines - I expect a set-back. But chilling out to the rate of one cucumber a day would not be a bad thing.

     

 

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36 cucumbers so far... Giving

36 cucumbers so far... Giving quite a few away. Despite cutting it back, the Korean cuke still gives overwhelmingly more fruit. Only 1 each so far of the White Wonder (not pearl...) and Tendergreen cukes. Not wildly impressed by the first White Wonder. Moderate levels of Tasty Jade cukes.

   

 

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 Cucumber avalanche,15 large

 Cucumber avalanche,15 large cukes in past two weeks and only two of the four outdoor cucumber plants are producing yet. (My 44 week indoor cukes gave me another 5 cukes!) I need to cut back the Korean grace white. I like them. But it's perfectly capbable of producing 3 English cucumber-sized fruit in one day. It needs to produce less.  The first pearl cucumber is developing. The latest, tendergreen cuke doesn't have female flowers yet.

 

  tendergreen cuke still lagging, but finally has first male flowers

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Cuke seedlings are easy - but

Cuke seedlings are easy - but they're big enough to go outside really quick, like 2 weeks. If it's warm enough for them to germinate outside, it's generally better to just plant the seeds outside. I tried to push the pace here by starting indoors, and lost 2 out of 3 transplants. Lost direct-planted seeds, too, but at least I didn't put much effort into them.

Most of my cukes I eat as sort of a quick-pickle. Slice them, sprinkle a litte salt, and maybe a tablespoon of Marukan seasoned rice vinegar (I like the Lite recipe better), stir and let them sit for 15 minutes or so while I fix the rest of dinner. Or sometimes just toss them in Caesar dressing for a change of pace.

I love cucumbers. Don't think I've ever cooked them. I'm lazy about cooking things that I'm just as happy gobbling raw. Like, I love cooked sugar snap peas. And confidently predict that not one sugar snap pea will get cooked from my harvest. Not many make it into the kitchen.

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I just got a couple of grow
I just got a couple of grow bulbs and 2 metal containers to hold the bulbs. They clip on a shelf and plug in so I am going to try to start some cucumbers and other plants in there too and then translate out to the garden. I have some of the peat circles to get them started. Then the lights on them. I hope that works. I don't have time to change out my AG for the seed starter. The flowers in the AG,and they are AG flowers don't seem to be doing well. The salad is great. Herbs not too bad. I need to move them to where I can watch them better as now 2 are too high. I have to remove a shelf in order to get the AG in there. Last couple of days haven't been too great as up most of night and slept inmorning. Morning is bet time to do anything before it gets too hot. I hope your cukes work well. I got a couple recipes on making pickles and on frying pickles in a batter like they do in the south (likeAR). Do you sprout for eating? That might be a great thing to do as they sprout for eating, but need organic sprouting seeds.
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The older surviving cukes are

The older surviving cukes are starting to thrive. Put it yet another seeding of tendergreen - no show from last sowing.

 

 

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The cukes survived! Well, two

The cukes survived! Well, two of them. And one seedling from the third planting. And planted more tendergreen seeds since those never came up... It says on the Vegetables Alive! fertilizer that the stuff interferes with germination, so either feed at transplant, or 2 weeks before planting seed. Given how... digested looking... some of the cuke seedlings have been, that may have been what became of most of the seeds. Though not the transplants.

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