Wednesday 24 June 2020

The Cucumbers

I planted my vegetable garden quite a while ago. The potatoes have come up well, the tomatoes that I started indoors seem to be doing o.k., many of the green beans are up and growing, although a few have been eaten, some of my tiny lettuce seeds must have been washed away in a big rain we had soon after I planted, the others things are hit and miss. But what the heck is going on with the cucumbers?

I had started some cucumbers indoors - some for pickling, some for slicing and eating. They were good healthy plants but the root ball wasn't really a ball, more a gathering of roots. I hardened them off on the porch for a bit and planted them the same as everything else. Within a day or two they had all shrivelled up and died. Yes, I watered them. 

Not to be deterred, I planted seeds in the ground. I've certainly done this before and it has worked out just fine. 

Nothing. I think maybe one came up and then most of it was eaten.

I planted again. A different one came up. By the next day, it was eaten. But what about all the others?? I was starting to feel a bit like this:


This last time, I was on the war path. I planted and then took my handy frame that husband made for me (wooden sides with chicken wire across the large rectangular side) and placed it over where some of the seeds were planted, at the same time sacrificing the beans that it had previously covered. Yes, I saw a rabbit already! For the other spots where I planted seeds, I devised other ways to protect them - a chicken wire dome, a wire fence castle. I planted them yesterday. I was already, like a fool, looking for signs of life this morning. I know, I know. It's far too early, but I'm on a mission here. 

I also replanted some peas that didn't come up. We had a cold snap after I originally planted, so that may have affected things at the beginning. 

Do you have certain vegetables that you have to replant?

36 comments:

  1. Replanted zucs a few days ago. Only one of the original 12 came up from the first planting.

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  2. I've had trouble with cucumbers for the first year ever. It could be that I only had old seed left - it became difficult to buy veg seed in the UK once everyone decided to grow-their-own this year. I have one cucumber plant that is doing well, but it is from my second sowing, and will be late.

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    1. I actually ordered seeds online this year because I didn't know what would be happening, so these were fresh seeds.

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  3. Back in the Victorian days, all the posh
    people used to eat cucumber sandwiches..
    With tea of course..It was always the done
    thing...etiquette and all that..! :).

    Me! I just cut it in half and eat it as is..!
    After all it is a fruit..and..l like it straight
    out the fridge..Yum!
    6 Health Benefits of Eating Cucumber..
    It's High in Nutrients. Cucumbers are low in calories
    but high in many important vitamins and minerals...
    It Contains Antioxidants...
    It Promotes Hydration...
    It May Aid in Weight Loss...
    It May Lower Blood Sugar...
    It Could Promote Regularity...

    And..They say the sweetest tasting
    cucumber is the 'English Cucumber'..! :).

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  4. Oh Jenn how disappointing. I gave up all vegetable growing last year as I get so little at harvest time, no matter that efforts I put in. It was either insect or wild life that enjoyed my efforts. I think it was that cold & snow we had May 11th that killed off a lot, even flower buds on some of my perennials were lost. Good luck with the next attempts, but be ready with Plan P (purchasing cucumbers) for pickling & who knows maybe some of your neighbours might have an abundance of them. ... Mary-Lou =^[..]^=

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    1. I was really hoping for a great big lush garden this year, as I got it in earlier than I normally do (because of working from home now). I'm not going to give up hope though. There's still lots of summer left. Too bad you lost so much in previous years.

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  5. There seems to be no logic to it. Some years wonderful crops. Other years rubbish. Some years early. Others not until September. Different outcomes for different vegetables. One struggles on.

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    1. True - and now that I'm remembering, I had terrible luck with cucumbers last year, too. Hmmmm.

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  6. We have a rhyme for sowing beans perhaps it also applies to your cucumbers:
    one for the mouse
    one for the crow
    one to rot
    and one to grow.

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    1. Any way you can work rabbit and squash beetle into that rhyme? :)

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  7. My cucumbers (slicing type) were about the only thing I got 100% germination on this year! Beans? Had to replant many bare spots which usually doesn't happen. The cutworms have been taking out lots of my young plants this year. So sad to see a previously healthy, three inch tall plant lying deader than a doornail about every time I walk through the garden. Fortunately, no rabbits or other critters in the garden, but this poor germination bit makes one wonder. Something "in the air?"

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    1. Wow - if you, the person about whom I have serious garden envy, is having problems, that really makes me wonder about my attempts. Cut worms you say? Did you not want to spend your evening hours making little tiny cardboard collars for all your plants? But seriously, that has got to be disappointing!

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  8. I could never grow cucumbers because those striped beetles that spread wilt always did them in...Now I only garden on the deck and it is mostly herbs and flowers with a pepper and two tomatoes. Good luck with yours!

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    1. After reading your comment, I got to thinking about those beetles. I had them last year and I went out and looked and Yup, they're back again this year. They are already damaging my zucchinis! Insecticial soap doesn't work on them. I will see if I can buy some yellow sticky traps this weekend.

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  9. I think our cucumbers might just get a bit frazzled today in this heat.

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  10. No vegetables for me this year. The pickings were slim at the garden centers and I didn't have the patience to start anything indoors. I think it was mostly lack of motivation with all that's been going on. But I did manage to plant a few perennials, so there's that!

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    1. Perennials are around for the long haul. The gift that keeps on giving.

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  11. I did not plant any veggies this year, but my new rose bush that the kids planted for me has been ravaged by sonmething. All the new branches have been chewed off. The kids are going to move it somewhere else this weekend. Good luck with your cucumbers. Hugs, Edna B.

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    1. Hmmm, I've had little caterpillars on my rose before, but it just ate leaves, not the whole branch.

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  12. Everything in My Rare One's garden is doing well this year, touch wood.

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  13. We have replanted more this year than we ever have. Tomato plants that died after planting beans that didn't come up, corn that also did not germinate. We filled in more holes yesterday with cabbage plants, and Larry filled in the blank spots in the corn rows. It has been wetter than usual, and colder, so I think that's what happened here. The cucumbers came up gangbusters though--but last year, we didn't get a first crop at all. The second, late planting did great. It seems like gardens have trade-offs, deals the veggies make in the winter as to who is going to do well, and who's taking a year off.

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    1. Could you imagine being a market gardener? When you are putting whole fields of vegetables in?

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  14. Sadly I have no garden. But how I love cucumbers.

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  15. Sorry about your cucumbers. I can't imagine what is going on with them. For me this yeaar it's the bell pepper plants. Maybe I bragged a litle too much year before last, showing off the big beautiful bell peppers from the garden. The puny littl plants are dropping leaves and look very unhealthy. Funny isn't. I just looked at your post, your garden tour. Your flowers are amazing. All of them are beautiful! You surely have a green thumb.

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  16. I don't even bother with peppers anymore. I never got very large peppers because I would plant them just a bit too late. Although my son brought home a hot pepper plant because he wants those, so we will see how it does.

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  17. Everything is finally growing and setting flowers. Having an issue with the pumpkin flowering but not setting. Hopefully my luck will change soon. If not I will get out my Qtip and play pollinator

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  18. Don't know about the cucumbers since we don't have a veggie garden (would love to have one). I do know that our fig tree is promising quite a lot of figs this year.

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  19. I adore cucumbers so I hope big time you can master the case of the mysterious cucumber malady! Let us know what happens!

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  20. I miss growing 'cukes' I used to grow the pickling sort for pickles.

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