Looks tiny doesn't it. I assure you that it made a large salad. I harvested a colander full of mixed salad leaves, spring onions, a few tomatoes & also for the first time ever - a cucumber.
My lovely beautiful cucumber, I didn't measure it but it looked close to 30cm long. I did put it against the bread maker but it still looks small.
|It is every so slighty spiky, the spikes do rub off quite easily.|
It was just so crisp & delicious. I am boasting a bit I think but I'm allowed. I don't know the variety, we bought the plant from a local garden centre & the label said F1 Female. All female cucumber plants are the best ones to grow as you don't have to pick off the male flowers. If you leave the male flowers on & they pollinate the female flowers (with the baby fruits behind) you end up with bitter cucumbers.
With it being the first time growing a cucumber plant I consulted my dad for advice. I can't remember exactly what he told me but it was along the lines of the side shoots being stopped after two leaves, then after one. Sounded far too complicated. Now I'm not a serious grower, I like to potter. I have a small garden & thats it. I am growing for me not a farmers market. I went for the removing all tendrils, tying the plant in as it clambers up support & stopping it when it reaches the top. Thats what worked for me. I have between 14 & 16 cucumbers on the plant at various stages. I will be following the last bit next year. The only difference next year being I have cucumber seeds to sow.
I also picked some fruit - ta-dah.
Blueberries, red & whitecurrants a couple of loganberries & one blackberry.
I am going to make a cake later along the lines of this one - http://urbanvegpatch.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/traybake-summer-soft-fruit-cake.html
the difference to my effort is the fruit mix & a large white chocolate bar broke into chunks.
It really is a wonderful cake, Caro hasn't posted since I made mine so I haven't had chance too thank her for posting the recipe, do make it, it's fab. Enjoy your day!