Outside Earthbox Cucumbers 2011 (Tasty Jade)

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Hi All,

  Planting season 2011 has begun!  I set up the cucumber Earthbox today (17 April 2011) and seeded for 3 Tasty Jade cucumber plants.  I acquired a trellis system for the EB.  We'll see how it works.  EB set up to exacting instructions - using Miracle Grow potting mix, Espoma lime and fertilizer. 

30 May: Six week old cuc doing well. Not enjoying the recent hot weather, but baby cucs forming.

7 June:  On the way to a good harvest - 12 baby cucs forming (unlike the indoor cuc where I'm glad one cuc is growing at a time!).  Plants healthy, adding MG bloom food once a week. Letting it dry out somewhat in between waterings.  Still have one indoor cuc in fridge - what a great grow to have cucs all year!

13 June 2011: Two cucs ready to pick! 57 days from planting seeds to full size cucs!

9 July 2011:  Cucs cut up and ready for bread and butter pickles (sweet pickles).  I'm the only one who likes sweet pickle slices so all 8 pints are mine!

10 July 2011: Grow terminated, plants are slowing down and garden cucs are maturing.

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Nice-looking cucumbers, Beth!

Nice-looking cucumbers, Beth! Very not-seedy.

Are your garden cukes tasty jade as well?

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Melanie sounds like a great

Melanie sounds like a great pal. Our pigs don't wish to come out of their cage - should catch them and force them to more often. But their cage is huge, so they're not so excited by floor time, I guess... They are most appreciative of fresh veggies. And fruit. Our first male guinea pig wouldn't touch anything sweeter than a carrot, but our current ladypigs love fruit best of all.

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Did I ever tell you about my
Did I ever tell you about my special guinea pig buddy that I had? She was adopted from a friend of mine who couldn't take care of her anymore - named her Melanie after that friend. She was quite old when I got her, but she used to follow me around and talk. She wasn't happy when I got home until I let her out of her cage to visit! It's a shame I didn't grow things when I had her! Beth

 

 

 

 

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That's quite a doberman,

That's quite a doberman, scared of guinea pigs. Oddly enough, one of our pigs probably wouldn't be scared of a Doberman. The other one is still afraid of me, and the little eggplant-shaped beasties live in my bedroom. (Yes, they were supposed to be there just for a few days until my daughter's room was clean... It's been another year and a half without that room ever being clean.)

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Yes, nice guys to protect
Yes, nice guys to protect your plants! Do you want to borrow our doberman pup to guard your plants? I'll only charge you shipping and handling. Gotta watch out for the Guinea pig, she might scare the pup.... Beth

 

 

 

 

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Those cukes look great,

Those cukes look great, Beth!

Mine have had a Major Setback. This morning, condo siding contractors appeared. Not to replace the siding on my unit, of course - they're doing the next-door neighbor. Really sweet men who will try their best not to kill my Japanese and Korean cukes, but. Those cukes are growing 12" from a wall they're re-siding, at the entryway to the dark corridor they're re-siding... I was amazed. One of the two cuke seedlings in that corner survived their boots - today. Chances of it evading 4 x busy men's workboots until the job is done, tho... But the bigger ones might make it. The guys rigged some plywood leaned against their scaffolding to protect 'em. Nice guys!

My cukes indoors are still bearing.

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Love year-round cukes. Is

Love year-round cukes.

Is that the same feed you gave them in the basement?

I only ask because Miracid seems to make my cukes happy.

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Lime, Espoma garden food and
Lime, Espoma garden food and an occasional Miracle grow feeding with bloom formula. No automatic watering system on this one, so it dries a little between watering. Year 'round cucs next fall between garden, eb and basement! And peppers all year - eb and ag!

 

 

 

 

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Your cukes look gorgeous,

Your cukes look gorgeous, Beth. Lime and standard Earthbox fertilizer? Or some other fertilizer?

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Cuc's have sprouted and

Cuc's have sprouted and survived high wind and thunderstorms-

 

 

 

 

 

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