Thursday, July 26
Last night I got home and saw I had three full-grown cucumbers hanging down from the vines I am training up the side of the house. Their oddly varied appearances reminded me that I'd planted two different varieties! I'd forgotten about that. What happened was this: I'd planted my favorite pickling cucumber variety (short, straight, blocky) but the seeds did not appear to germinate. I then decided to try a new kind, an asian type (long, curved, thin) which I'd read were very good. So I replanted the bed with those seeds. However, it looks like one of the pickling cuke seeds actually made it into a fruiting plant after all! The vines all look identical, but with very different results. A nice surprise!