Cukes, Zukes, and Melons '09

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These started life in the kozy coats experiment, but didn't fare too well in that program... I still have a Lebanese squash (Magda) to plant out next week - it was very slow to sprout, but doing well.

6 week and newly transplanted 2 week cantaloupes. 2 week cukes planted out (no water teepee), Japanese, pearl, and tendergreen. One last radish, insecticidal marigold. 

2009-05-13: Planted out Magda zuke.

Note night-time temps down to 40°F past two nights (days gorgeous, 60's). Unprotected cukes seem fine.

2009-05-19: Planted new cucumber pearl seeds. Wrapped plants to protect from frost, but the pearl cuke stem broke most of the way through. It kept growing... I just didn't want to keep a plant with so badly broken a stem.

2009-05-21: Removed wall'o'water from cantaloupes. The older one is still about 4" tall and working on buds... Hopefully they'll grow faster with all the plastic out of the way...

2009-06-02: First male cantaloupe flower open, on 9 week melon.

2009-06-16: Female flowers open on zucchini, oldest melon, and tendergreen cuke.

2009-07-04: Planted backup seeds of Magda zuke, Burpee hybrid compact zuke, and Burpee sweeter yet cucumber. They're vying for slots in a big pot, or where the current Magda zuke or cantaloupes are not performing so well.

Harvest tallies:

Magda squash (Lebanese zucchini) : 9, first July 4th.

Japanese cuke : 8, first July 4th. 

Tendergreen cuke : 18, first July 5th

Pearl cuke : 2, first July 24 (runty), removed 8/14

Pearl cuke backup (from garage) : 11, first August 12th, removed 9/14

Burpee compact zucchini backup : 1, first August 30th, age 8 weeks, removed 9/18

Cantaloupes: 0, gave up July 17th

2009-07-05: Removed 14 week cantaloupe vine - it failed, possibly bacterial wilt.

2009-07-06: Finally pollinating zuke - really does open male flowers until 10 am... 

2009-07-10: Female flower open on 2nd (11 week) melon vine.

2009-07-11: First female flower open on little cucumber pearl vine.

2009-07-15: Another melon vine started wilting as soon as it set some melons...

2009-07-18: Transplanted out 2 week Burpee hybrid zucchini and Sweeter Yet cucumber, plus seeds to grow two more Japanese cucumbers.

2009-07-24: First cucumber pearl (outdoor) - runty, but about 2 months.

2009-07-30: Removed the magda zuke, due to overwhelming fungus problems.

2009-08-03: Moved 6-week Pansy Preservation Project cucumber pearl outside for more light, as the first couple set cukes shriveled.

2009-09-14 / 18: Removed garage-started cucumber pearl, 2nd zucchini, and original Japanese cucumber. All beat.

2009-10-04: Removed youngest Japanese and sweeter yet cucumber plants. Each had one stunted cuke on the vine that I ate underripe. Mid-July was apparently too late to plant backup cukes (this year).

2009-10-15: Picked last tendergreen cuke, oversmall. It's sleeting.

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 Believe it or not, this sad

Last tendergreen cuke. Looks dead but has one last fruit growing - then it gets yanked. Believe it or not, this sad little vine is still ripening one last cuke. It's borne 17 little fruit, and been producing since around the 4th of July. Tendergreen seems to be the most everything-tolerant of the cukes I grew this summer.

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The cucurbit collection

The cucurbit collection continues to shrink - these have nearly had it. Except the one tendergreen cuke, started in spring. It's yielded the best despite weather and fungus. I'm not convinced I'll get even one harvestable cuke out of the two younger ones remaining - the fruits don't look very healthy, and neither do the plants.

10 week Japanese and sweeter yet cukes, one fruit each. Guess these were too late for this year. Tendergreen cuke looks beat, but still bearing. 

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Surprisingly rotten year

Surprisingly rotten year continues on the cucurbit front. Still getting cukes, but none of the plants are thriving. Very low yields.

10 week zucchini, still waiting for it to set 2nd fruit. Hasn't thrived. 8 week Japanese and sweeter yet cukes. Think first fruits set on two of them. Pretty puny plants, for cukes... 12 week cucumber pearl, still harvesting, not setting more fruit. Will pick one more and retire the plant. Tendergreen cuke recovered and went into a frenzy of setting new fruit. Japanese cuke dwindled off & got yanked. 

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First zuke from the new plant

First zuke from the new plant almost ready. I was hoping it would bear faster, having been started in summer heat. But, no. Actually, it's a bit slow. Pot too small perhaps.

8 week zucchini - first fruit almost ready to pick. 6 week Japanese and sweeter yet cukes now have male flowers 10 week cucumber pearl, still harvesting. Pot-limited. Japanese and tendergreen cukes - doing better now the A/C is off (they're in its heat outflow) 

 

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I was envious. Though I

I was envious. Though I didn't really expect all 7 to bear at the same time. Was thinking the eldest 3 were already done for (and one was).

Cucumbers make great gifts. And most of mine are very small. They won't get much time to bear, anyway - already mid-August, and they probably won't make it to the end of September. Might get lucky...

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And you were teasing me

And you were teasing me about  mine!!!!     Hurmph!       (down to 5 right now from 7 - counting the 2 seedlings)

 

 

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I had a high water mark of 7

I had a high water mark of 7 cucumber plants last week, including the runty one that never got any light. (Did get two cukes from it, the size of large marbles.) Now I have 6. Two have been going from beginning of summer, one I started under lights indoors and moved outside a couple weeks ago - those three are all harvesting. And the three little ones aren't flowering size yet.

The older Japanese and tendergreen cukes haven't been producing so well since the air conditioning went on. They're in the outflow of the AC compressor.

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How many cuke plants do you

How many cuke plants do you have going?

Great harvest!

 

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Enjoying the cukes being back

Enjoying the cukes being back in production, with 5 harvested this week.

6 week zuke, male flowers only so far. 4 week Japanese and sweeter yet cukes. 8 week cucumber pearl, harvesting now. 8 week cucumber pearl - bunch of fruit growing. Tendergreen and Japanese cukes both producing this week. Removed stunted cucumber pearl. 

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I think moving the

I think moving the seedling-shelf pearl cuke outside was the right choice. It doesn't seem to have suffered any leaf sunburn from the change, and some little fruit are definitely growing. The fruit set indoors all seemed to fail.

3 week sweeter yet and 2 Japanese (left) cucumbers. 5 week backup zucchini 7 week cucumber pearl moved outside, fruit growing (set fruit just yellowed indoors) Tendergreen cuke producing again, Japanese starting to, stunted pearl getting nowhere in back. 

The AC is probably why the elder Japanese cuke was on hiatus from production, and haven't needed AC the past few days, so have a new single Jcuke set.

That zucchini looks a bit lackluster for its age. Added a little fruiting-plant food to its pot. May prune back some peppers above the youngest cukes to give them more light. (Edit: I did prune back the peppers.)

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