cukes 6
cukes 4 cukes 3
cukes 1

Still lots of cucumbers hiding under the leaves in my vine filled cold frame. It seems this is a good spot for them. I notice that most other cucumber patches around here have turned brown and stopped producing. I think the frame has sheltered them well in this hot dry summer. I’m starting to get a little mildew on the leaves now, but not too bad.

I can’t even come close to eating them all. I meant to make pickles, and maybe I will soon, but I haven’t had time to do this yet.

But maybe I won’t have extras now, because I’ve discovered a nice way to use them: tiny baby cucumbers in a martini! A perfect way to eat a whole cuke in one bite.

cukes in martinis

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  • I'm amazed that your cucumber vines still look so healthy. Mine had succumbed to cucumber beetles and powdering mildew weeks ago. I think I'll have to do successive plantings next summer to extend the harvest.

  • My cucumbers have always done best in my side yard garden where it is very sheltered. I planted the same seedlings this year in my parents open garden and they petered out a while ago. I think maybe shelter and wind blocks help them, keeping in humidity and warmth. Sand Hill says to leave row cover on until flowering. I've never done successive planting for cukes. I think doing what you can to keep them warm, sheltered, and off the ground is best.

    Also watch stems for borers. With a little borer damage, plants become susceptible to mildew and insects. I had bad borers on my squash stems this year. Next year I'll be looking for a tape of some type to wrap lower stems.

  • Beautiful cucumbers. Ours went to Mildew Heaven. 🙁

  • I had to check why martinis was listed in a garden blog…now I get it! Very clever idea for using them in a martini and probably a great conversation starter too.

  • Martinis don't really belong in a gardening blog – of course. Its just my thing. I think its important to celebrate big events – like a super pumpkin harvest or the first cucumber of the season. The Harvest moon. Or a beautiful spring rain. And martinis go well with almost any vegetable or fruit.



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