A solitary Lebanese Cucumber

Last week I put my allotment to bed for the summer.

This week I weakened.

My allotment neighbour Brian had a small punnet of Lebanese Cucumbers and needed a new home for the last one.

Well Dear Reader what would you have done?

So I planted it. And here it is.

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I found this empty plastic water bottle someone had left behind, cut the bottom off, removed the lid, and stuck it upside down in the ground beside the plant for ease of watering .

This helps in two ways, saves wasting water by taking the water straight to the roots of the plant, but it also saves getting water on the leaves which in our humid summer encourages a mould on the leaves. That’s the theory anyway. If it works I will be patenting it.

This lucky little seedling is sitting in a lovely pile of rotted compost because we had just opened one of the big compost bins, right next to my allotment, and I took advantage of it.

I watered it in with a weak solution of worm juice (wee) and pulled the mulch around it to keep the moisture in.

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I am not sure about pollination as it sits alone, but it’s sitting pretty close to my neighbours seedlings so I’m hoping it won’t be a problem.  This one plant will keep me in cucumbers throughout the summer as they grow prolifically as long as you keep them watered and they get lots of sunshine. Well, the sunshine is guaranteed!

(I’ve just noticed the toe of my rubber gardening shoe in the corner of the pic.)

Happy gardening

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. narf77
    Oct 23, 2014 @ 05:23:06

    You just can’t stop a good gardener. Much like the postman, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift…” “Bring it ON summer!” Your little cuke is most ready for it 🙂

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  2. Allotment adventures with Jean
    Oct 23, 2014 @ 05:29:34

    I love the quote Narf. Is it pure Shakespeare or Narf?

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  3. Maria
    Oct 23, 2014 @ 06:24:21

    What a lucky little cucumber plant…that rich growing medium will give it the best of everything a plant could wish for :-). Great idea to use the bottle as a watering funnel! I’ve nicknamed my garden ‘Mildew Manor’ as I continue the battle with that dreaded mould. The zucchinis and the zinnias are fighting against it at the moment, but my homemade spray found on the Internet, seems to be working!

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  4. Kathy
    Oct 23, 2014 @ 07:49:03

    Late November last year my father in law (my ex’s Dad) came and stayed with the kids and I for a few days and he weeded my 3 veggie beds and planted 7 cucumbers around a teepee type structure. He said it would be a lot of cucumbers and it was but I happily supplied fresh cucumbers to family and friends and the cucumbers were amazing. My 8 year old loves them and when we brought the first one in and I was about to cut it she said “Mum, can I do the honours” which was so cute and wondered where she picked up that saying from. The cucumber was delicious. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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  5. tootlepedal
    Oct 23, 2014 @ 08:31:26

    Very nifty toe shot.

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