Outdoor Cucumbers and Beans 2017

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Planted cukes and beans yesterday - way late. And still kinda chilly.

I ran out of seeds for my current favorite cuke, summer dance (only had 1 left). Ordered more of those... The bean seeds are pretty old, too.

Anyway, cukes: planted tsuyataro, one summer dance, and something called Green Dragon I'd never seen before (a 10", bitterfree, smooth green something.)

Four different kinds of bean seed, all dubious in age. Green and purple pole beans, two varieties of bush beans.

The condo board has made noises about outlawing vegetables, so planting some cukes in a growbag, though they grow better in the ground. Just in case. Obnoxious compliance of a sort.

 

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Got first cuke this week! :)

Got first cuke this week! :) It was a tsuyataro. I'd always wondered, and now I'm sure. Tsuyataro fruit is more yellow and sweeter than summerdance. (I prefer summerdance, and it yields like crazy.) May harvest a second one tonight from one of the "burpless" (but otherwise unspecified) plants I bought as backup from the nursery. At the moment I have seven plants, 3 in a growbag and 4 in the ground. I might cut a couple.

Oh, didn't take a picture, but I harvested 4 beans today too. The beans won't amount to much, though there is one pole bean on the cucumber tower that hasn't gotten started yet.

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It's been a rough spring for

It's been a rough spring for everything, but really rough for beans and cukes. frown Too cold, too wet, too many leafhoppers.

Last weekend I started a couple more cuke plants in Dixie cups to baby along outside the garden; added insecticidal geraniums; and bought a couple cukes from the nursery. (They were advertised as 'burpless, bitter free' - no idea what variety, though the seedlings look like they didn't get enough light.) They will be late, but there will be cucumbers. It is required. My favorite vegetable!!!

FWIW, the geraniums really do seem to discourage cucumber-devouring bugs. I tried doing without, because geraniums cost money. Didn't work. I believe in the power of geraniums.

The beans I'm less opinionated about - my son is the green bean fan. Doesn't look like he'll get many.

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