Bees are critical for fertilizing the flowers of plants so that fruit or vegetables can develop. Right now, there is a world-wide crisis of bee populations dropping drastically. There are many theories of why this is happening, including lack of genetic diversity, environment encroachment by humans, a virus, pesticide use and many others.
So imagine my delight when I found not one, but THREE bees in my brand new spaghetti squash flower!
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.
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.
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.