Fresh cucumbers and so many of them from my kitchen garden this summer! So tasty and crisp, these are certainly a far cry from the ones we get all year round wrapped in plastic in supermarkets.
I planted the seeds earlier this year in pots indoors and they were a delight to watch as pretty frilled true leaves filled the small pot.
The leaves soon got bolder as the plants spent their days out in the sunshine to become hardened off. At night they were brought indoors to protect them from the late frosts that we had this year.
I placed them for a few days in the raised bed where I had planned to plant them so they could get accustomed to their final accomodation!
As you can see in the far corner at the top of the raised bed, I planted them perhaps a little closer than I would have liked! I had started out with just three plants but was given a couple more by family so just had to plant them too.
Well if there is one thing that cucumber plants need in addition to good soil, lots of water and sunshine, it is some support for them to climb up onto. Last year I had only one plant that a friend had given me and I had underestimated the support needed. Well this year, my husband has made this frame out of wood from a recycled pallet and some hessian string! We positioned it with a slight tilt and hoped it did the job.
I needn’t have worried as a week later, the cucumber plants are loving the frame displaying beautiful little bright yellow flowers.
Not sure if they are racing to the top, but they are certainly loving the summer sunshine.
All this is now history as there are cucumbers everywhere, you just have to lift some of the larger leaves and you never know what size they will be until you find them!
So many harvested that I must find friends, family and neighbours to share them with …
… so tasty, crisp and sweet, a great addition to our summer meals!
The joy of homegrown cucumbers, would you like to try some?