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5 Weeks Later

July 7th, 2011

I was out checking on the cucumbers last week and noticed that they were blooming, they were. I’m amazed by how fast things grow in the summer. I guess that’s good thing or us northern gardeners would never be able to eat summer squash, cucumbers or tomatoes. I can hardly wait to start harvesting cucumbers and pickle them. I’m especially excited to try making cornichons with the Fin de Meaux. (see this post for a description of the varieties of cucumbers I’m growing this season).

This is what the cucumbers looked like on May 30 when I seeded them:

And this is what they looked like yesterday:

The race is on to see if the cucumbers come ripe before I go on vacation. I’m hoping to have all kinds of pickles in the pantry for winter eating!

What vegetables are almost ready to harvest in your garden?

17 Comments to “5 Weeks Later”
  1. Melissa on July 7, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Look at them go! It amazes me how fast cucumbers grow! One day I have a tiny green cuke and the next it’s a monster!

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  2. Gabe on July 7, 2011 at 8:44 am

    It is definitely fun to watch them grow so quickly. My cucumbers, tomatoes, and squash are all in the same boat – one day they’re puny, then we get a week or two of sunny, warm weather, and bam! They’ve overrun the place.
    I have a few tiny cukes that probably won’t be ready for another week or two, and a few little green tomatoes that will still be a while, but I’m already drooling at the thought.

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  3. Allison on July 7, 2011 at 9:04 am

    You can’t miss cucumber season! We’re going a way for a week coming up, and I’m concerned that I’ll miss prime cucumber season. I just love a good bread and butter pickle…

    My cukes are still tiny, but they’re coming!

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  4. Allison on July 7, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I planted some Fin de Meaux seeds too ;) I notice also, last night, a few blooms. I am too impatient…..waiting…..waiting….waiting to pickel!

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  5. Stacy M on July 7, 2011 at 10:05 am

    The peas are coming in, beets almost ready and bok choi is perfect right now. The lettuce and spinach have gone to seed so I’m hoping to get some seed for next year from them.

    I really love the look of your cucumber tripods!

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  6. MAYBELLINE on July 7, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Corn, tomatoes, squash, beans, strawberries.

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  7. nancy M. on July 7, 2011 at 10:43 am

    My cucumbers are coming along quickly. The garlic should ready to harvest very soon, within the next week or two. I’m worried about the heavy afternoon rains we’ve been getting. Generally, I stop watering the garlic after picking the scapes. I’m afraid all this rain will rot the bulbs.

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    • Susy on July 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      We have the opposite problem here, no water to speak of, my garlic and onions seem to be doing well coming up to harvest from all the dryness.

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  8. Mistresseve on July 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I have been harvesting sugar snap peas and some bush beans (started indoors and planted outside several weeks too early-only a few survived the monsoons), radishes, broccoli rabe and a few lettuces (which have now bolted) for several weeks now; turnips, tomatoes and peppers, are on their way. Summer squashes, melons and cukes are blooming, but no fruits yet. Beets, carrots, and various brassicas are coming along. I also have some pole beans that are taller than I am, but no blooms yet. This is the first year I have grown pole beans, so I don’t know if that is normal or not…

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  9. Daedre Craig on July 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I have a White Wonder cucumber that will probably be ready in a day or two. I also have one very large green tomato, but who knows when it will ripen.

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  10. Michelle @ give a girl a fig on July 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes…some peppers and maybe a few bush beans. Can’t wait to have some homemade salsa with homegrown tomatoes and peppers!

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  11. Misti on July 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I’ve never had good luck with cukes, though south Florida’s fill based soil probably ruined that…but I managed to get one off a vine once and really enjoyed it!

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  12. KimH on July 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Almost ready… tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes.. And garlic. Actually its ready.. Im leaving half of them in the soil a little longer.. Chard is coming along.. some is ready to pick.. some is not. :D

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  13. Debbie on July 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    We’ve harvested a ton of peas…and they are still blooming. We’ve got lots of lettuce and even some carrots. Garlic is just about ready to harvest and we’ve been picking 1/2 pound of wild black raspberries every day for the last week, not to mention tons of herbs. As for the cucumbers, they are coming along really well. One day I thought they’d never get any bigger…and the next day…the plants tripled in size. I’ve had blossoms for a few weeks (we start our cukes indoors and move them out at the end of May) and the fruit is really coming along. Might be able to pick some by the end of the week. Question…How do you combat cucumber beetles. I know you don’t kill pests in your garden, and I don’t want to either – so, do you have any tips for me? :) We seem to have a lot of them and I have done some companion planting to try to deter the beetles…but wondered how you managed this. Thanks. :)

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    • Susy on July 12, 2011 at 8:39 am

      I don’t combat cucumber beetles, I let them do what they do. I have them every year but they never seem to hurt my cucumbers. We also have them on all the pumpkins & squash at my mom’s garden but they don’t seem to do much harm there either. I figure if I leave them their natural predator will move in or they will help build a stronger curcurbit species.

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      • debbie on July 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm

        Thanks, Susy. Yeah, I’ve just given up. They are causing me too much stress…so I’m letting it all go. :) They’ve eaten the crap out of some of the leaves…but that’s fine. I’ve got lots to go around. Thanks, again. :)

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  14. Whit on July 13, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    We’ve just picked our first peas (with the really wet NW spring this year–peas are really late.)

    We have a few tomatoes that just need a little more give for my tastes.

    And the razzies are taking over our regularly scheduled programming. :)

    Your garden looks so wonderful…makes me want to move to OH. :)
    Much continued success!

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