Okay, so I'm not talking about two cucumbers exactly, but rather two varieties of cucumbers.
The old heirloom Lemon Cucumbers are very slow to grow and mature compared to nearly any variety of long, green, slicing cucumbers. Most years I grow the two varieties, because my daughter and I are both crazy about the lemon cucumbers and tend to munch them as if they were apples. With a little salt sprinkled on them? Mmmm, good! Refreshing and with their own special crunch.
Last year I neglected to put in any of the lemon cucs because by the time they mature, we're up to our gills in slicing cucs, and I thought we just didn't need both varieties.
Dear daughter was disappointed when she found out there were to be no lemon cucs last season (and frankly, I missed them, too) so I planted my usual bed of slicing cucs and another bed of lemon cucs this year.
I always plant my cucs in a raised bed so I can put a cold frame over the top of them. Otherwise, they might not mature until who-knows-when because of the coolness of the first part of our summers up here. Warm weather loving crops need all the help they can get.
So the seeds sprouted and the cucs in both beds started to grow. But the bed that I thought was slicing cucs was way behind the bed I thought was the lemon cucs. Hrumpf. I decided that some dummy (that would be me) had somehow switched the labeling of the beds in my garden book.
But now, strange as it seems, the way ahead bed, which I thought had to be the slicing cucs IS lemon cucs! The little round, yellow fruits have started to form and are, indeed, way ahead of the slicing cucs.
Lemon cucs going crazy in their bed.
Slicing cucs looking like they might need a shot of steroids or at least a pep pill.
This is the first year I've ever experienced lemon cucs being so far ahead of the slicing cucs, and I'm wondering why it's happened. As usual, both varieties were planted on the same day, under a cold frame, both cold frames were opened and closed (or not) each day at the same time.
Oh, well. I'm not knocking my rocketing along lemon cucumbers. Perhaps some things just need to be taken at face value, appreciated and not over-analyzed.
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