Monday, March 15, 2010

Cuke Harvest!

This little lunchbox cuke might not seem like much of a harvest but it was to me...after all I have nurtured my two windowsill cukes for several months now. Everyone has been after me to pluck it from the vine but I have been waiting for just the right moment. Since we had a family gathering for some of Bent's spectacular barbecue ribs on Sunday, I figured there was no better time to give it a try. Everyone was amazed at the flavor....I have to admit I was worried they wouldn't taste like garden fresh cukes but boy was I was wrong. There are many more cukes on the vines but they aren't quite ready yet. I have been feeding them twice a week with an organic fertilizer so they should be pumped up real soon. Heck, now that I know you can grow cukes in the winter in North Idaho, I may have to expand my windowsill operation!

10 comments:

  1. It takes a fellow gardener to get excited about a windowsill grown cucumber....I am all excited! I do wish I had a south facing window in my house. I mean, one without a porch roof shading it. I'd grow veggies in it all winter!

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  2. That is a really neat trick. Last year I grew some in the greenhouse and had my first cuke in early June but mid March...pretty awesome. I have never been a huge fan of seasonal eating and love to extend the season in every way possible. Good job on the cucs.:)

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  3. All your seedlings look wonderful and a cuke about to be eaten? I can't let my husband see this. lol Forecast for 68 here today, so I'm headed to the potting shed.

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  4. Yes AG..us gardeners are an odd breed lol....(my family calls me crazy plant lady)

    Mr H: Thanks...I believe I started these in late December...I will have to check my archives though...I would also like to try growing some in the greenhouse late in the season.

    Di: thanks!..Your temps are better than ours...but it's supposed to reach 59F today at least...and I too am heading to the garden :)

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  5. Our cukes never do well, and they never look as straight as that one LOL. I don't know what we're doing wrong...

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  6. Kyna: what variety do you grow? Mine were only straight because they were on the trellis...I have good luck with Straight Eights, Pearl and Cucinos varieties.

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  7. Gosh, that's just insane! Yall might have to add onto the house for other veggies next winter. :-)

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  8. Ha EG....actually....some day we want to add a sunroom to the house....that will be much later though...unless of course I win the lottery...lol

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  9. Oh wow! This is amazing! Where the heck have I been???

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