Category Archives: plants

Catching Up With Cucumbers

It’s cucumber season at Grubbin’ Garden, so I thought I would share what I’ve learned so far.

Cucumbers generally start with female yellow flowers. After the flowers get fertilized by bees (thanks bees!), the flower then turns white. Which then turns into a cucumber. Here’s an example of a white-flowered future cucumber with some female yellow flowers on the right.

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The cucumber below is almost ripe. See the white flower at the end? When that white flower is gone, and the cucumber feels like you’d want it to at the store, pick it, and use right away or keep in fridge for 4-5 days.

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Experimenting with a limited space and using vertical techniques are presenting some really fun and often amusing challenges. For instance, I had no idea that broccoli and cucumbers could be such good friends. I’ll be sharing more about vertical space gardening in future posts.

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Oh you! Broccoli

Broccoli is easy to grow and challenging to harvest. Here’s an example of when broccoli is past its prime.

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It’s really tough to tell when it’s ready to harvest. Basically, it’s one big flower.┬áSo, at first, I kept waiting till I could get the biggest flower head out there. But then, after watching them go to seed again and again, I am finally figuring out when is the best time to harvest these yummy heads.

So after throwing way far too many of these…

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Plants use Fungus to Communicate

Not only do plants communicate in the air, using chemicals, but also communicate below the ground using a network of fungi. Amazing!

Chives

Chives

Chives are of the same family as onions and garlic. Not only are they versatile and mild, but they are easy to grow and bear beautiful flowers that would not look out-of-place in an ornamental flower garden.

Chives are great snipped into scrambled eggs, salads, salad dressing and other raw sauces. They are really nice tossed with roasted or grilled veggies too.