|A baby Painted Serpent cucumber, my all-time favorite variety|
After more than 5 months in the ground, my plants finally decided to produce some cucumbers. How crazy is that? I should be telling you about quick-pickled cucumbers and tzatziki sauce and white gazpacho made with homegrown cucumbers, but none of those feel like mid-November dishes. Because, cuke season is supposed to be done by mid-November, not just starting.
I'm not sure what went wrong in the cucumber department this year. In the past I've had a decent harvest, if not a bumper crop. The main thing I did differently in 2011 was set them up on drip irrigation. I had only one drip going to each cuke and perhaps that wasn't enough. The squash plants each had two drips and the melons had a drip line rather than a point source. If I had to do it again, I think I'd put a ring of drip line around the base of the cucumbers.
Regardless of what went wrong, I am just ecstatic to get some cucumbers from the MKG before I turn it over to the new owner. Now I just need to decide how to honor the harvest in the kitchen...
|My first Diva cucumber, a little small, but ready for harvest|