This week’s theme is Beginnings…however we want to interpret that!
Last Fall we had really good success with our cucumber crop, enough so to make many jars of pickles. I was thrilled about this because I had not tried hard in Florida to grow cucumbers, only trying once with poor success. Chris, my husband, had thumbed through the the Year Round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for Metro Houston book that was in the community garden’s shed. He took it home and devoured it. Soon he was buying seeds that were recommended in the book, the ones known to do well in our area.
Now, me, I tend to be on the wistful side and buy seeds in magazines that catch my eye and look interesting. Sure, I take in yield and ease into account, but I’m definitely on the lookout for strange and different things—not that he isn’t, because he is. Maybe one of these posts will be on our variegated plant obsession.
The cucumber that did so prolifically well for us was Sumter. For the most part we had no major problems, though towards the end we started battling bugs.
It was finally time to start a spring crop of cucumbers, getting a harvest in before the debilitating heat arrives. So, on February 18th we cleared out a bed that we’d tried to get some carrots to grow. They had not succeded because we had not smoothed down a mound of dirt in the middle of the plot, so with a spurt of heavy rain for several weeks, the seeds washed away. Some carrots had popped up around the edges of the plot and we left those while the center became home for the cucumbers.
The other variety we will be trying this season is County Fair. We’ll see how they do!
If you have a pickle recipe to share, please do! We’re fond to the tangy and vinegary kinds, not particularly to the bread and butter, but I do have people who would eat that type if we made them.