A Bitter Cucumber to Swallow
So far, the container garden at Our Little House is flourishing.
The jalapeno peppers are dark green and still growing.
Unfortunately, for the pack rats, they are history, taken care of with our rat zappers. We have a big rabbit hopping around the yard, we see it because the dogs chase it every morning when they leave the house, but it hasn’t bothered the tomato plants. I do put up the large dog gate on the party deck, which probably helps.
Dale started calling the tomato plants our tomato “trees.”
They are huge, look very healthy (with the exception of the one that succumbed to the rat invasion) and all have many green tomatoes.
I picked the first four cherry tomatoes this week and ate them as soon as I got them off of the vine, I couldn’t even wait until I got in the house.
“Shouldn’t you at least wash those off?” Dale asked.
I shrugged. Since I don’t use pesticides and it didn’t kill me eating tomatoes still warm from the sun when I was a kid, I doubted it would kill me now. But if it did, what a way to go!
We do have problems with the cucumbers, or “cukes” as my parents used to call them.
I was excited to pick the first two off of the vine last weekend. I got them inside and started peeling and cutting them up for our salad.
Typically, I couldn’t wait for a bite and ugh, bitter.
I’ve tasted some bitter cucumbers, but these were inedible. Disappointed, I had to throw them into the woods for the critters.
I looked online and found that this could be from several things:
- Poor soil – Not sure, I used a new organic soil this year.
- Stress- There have been times when I’ve soaked the cucumbers in the morning and they are wilted in the extremely hot afternoons we’ve been having, so I water them again.
- Poor drainage- The large container does have holes in the bottom.
The article suggested that we use “burpless” next time. I believe I used “burpees” this year.
All in the container gardening learning process. Good thing there is always the farmer’s market.
Have you successfully raised good container garden cucumbers? What’s your secret? How is your garden faring this year?