Friday, March 18, 2011

First Garden Cucumber of the Year


My indoor organic Sumter cucumber plant finally produced an edible four inch cucumber(half eaten in image by my daughter). It smelled wonderful upon cutting and tasted even better. It is warm enough here that I was able to plant this potted cucumber outdoors today. I may try indoor cucumbers again next winter but use a much bigger pot and a plant light.

When planted outdoors, these Sumter cucumbers are prolific and of a good size. This will be my second year growing these cucumbers in the summer garden.

I'm not sure if these are self pollinators, but just in case they were not, I hand pollinated them with a paint brush. The female flowers have a bulge right before the flower. We ended up with many mini cucumbers, but only one grew large enough to eat.

6 comments:

Berry Patch said...

We still have SNOW!?!?! ::sigh:: Monday is the first day of spring and I can't wait! ;-) Not that we still won't have snow no the ground, but still! LOL

Eva said...

Congratulations on your cucumber! It looks so yummy!

Esther G. said...

That's wonderful!! It looks really tasty too!

Myrnie said...

Yummy!!!

Debbie J said...

That was a neat thing to do! We are planning a kitchen garden this year and a neighbor disced the soil yesterday. We will wait a couple of weeks to plant anything. I think our last frost date is April 15th. I also have started some tomato seeds indoors. I planted a few lettuces in flower boxes last week.

Yes, when that heat sets in, I plan to stay indoors most of the time.

Stephanie said...

jealous of your plantable weather. :)