August 25th, 2008

Midsummer Blues

Note to self:  Spread cucumber plantings out from April – June in 2009.
    My garden notebook has copious comments about past successes and failures. As I add my scribblings to the current year I also peruse the last 18 months for reminders of the past year.
    Recommendations from last year included more and larger melons plantings spread throughout the summer. I actually did that this year and as the early melons are dwindling, later transplanted varieties are sizing up a crop right now and an even later set promises to keep production up until the weather turns wet or cold.
    Not so with cucumbers. Half a dozen types of cukes transplanted and direct sown over a period of a few weeks led to some early slicers, then more slicers, followed by Armenian, lemon and Japanese varieties all peaking at once. At first I couldn’t keep up with training the vines on trellises. Next I couldn’t keep up with picking and selling. Then came a dwindling of production in roughly the same order they began.
    Soon there may be no cucumbers at all with plenty of summer still ahead.  Can I interest you in an eggplant, instead?
- Bill   

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