Behold, the days of cucumbers have arrived.
There is the perception amongst some gardeners that home grown cucumbers don’t taste that much different from store bought, so what’s the point in growing them?
I’d like to set the record straight. Homegrown cucumbers do not taste the same as store bought if you choose the right varieties. They taste better. I wouldn’t have a vegetable garden without a few hills of cucumbers.
Here’s the beginnings of my cucumber harvest.
I have two varieties this year, Salad Bush and Bush Crop. The full size cucumbers are Bush Crop and the smaller ones are Salad Bush. Both are “short vine” or bush varieties, so they don’t take as much space as some might think.
I have four hills of cucumbers in a 4 foot by 4 foot bed.
Anyway, I am enjoying the cucumbers and they are on top of the harvest list right now. I’m still getting a lot of zucchini, in such quantities that they are getting on my nerves, all spread out on the kitchen table, begging for me to do something with them.
So cucumbers are the favored vegetable today.
But as with most vegetables in the garden, the cucumber will only be number one until some other vegetable comes along to knock it off its pedestal.
And in my garden, it looks like the green beans will be doing that soon. Look, I picked a little handful this evening.You know what this green bean harvest represents, don’t you? It represents my triumph over the rabbits. Most years, the rabbits eat all the bean plants. But this year, they haven’t.
Perhaps it is due to the row cover I used, or maybe they are finally afraid of the trap I set between the two rows of beans? Perhaps it is the cayenne pepper I put on the leaves, or the neighbors’ cats are earning their keep by chasing the rabbits away? I really don’t care why, I’m just happy that it looks like I’m finally going to have some green beans from my garden.
But I won’t declare complete bean victory just yet, because you shouldn’t count your beans before they are picked.
Anything can happen.