Thursday, July 17, 2014

The cukes may have done it

The epic cucumber fail of 2014 could not stop me. I want need fresh garden cukes! On my way home from the wedding Sunday, I bought a gallon pot containing six big, healthy heritage cucumber starts. After planting, I tented a piece of fencing over them to provide some protection (thinking birds might have eaten my seedlings). Last night when I was moving the hose, I found this:

Just like my green beans, something had EATen most of them! As you can see, I immediately tried to revive the ravaged plants with water. I also removed the fencing and surrounded them with a white plastic 55-gallon barrel with the top and bottom cut out. I'm afraid to go look at them this morning . . . or maybe I should. The damage to those cukes may just be the straw that made the camel start shooting something other than a camera.

Camera shots:
Taken while working on Lance this morning; details on horse blog
That's it for now from . . .

8 comments:

Briana said...

Too bad we aren't closer--we have SO MANY cucumbers right now! We could deluge you in cukes! ;)

Michelle said...

And I'd take all you'd give me!

Susan said...

Really? Has it been that hot and dry? Usually they are hardier. Although, that being said, my plants were very pokey at the beginning and I didn't think I would EVER get cukes. Now they are going gangbusters! I hope they perked up!

Michelle said...

Susan, most of the leaves had been EATEN; I was just trying to encourage the poor plants to not give up!

Mama Pea said...

And doesn't it just drive you nuts when you don't know WHAT is wreaking havoc like that? The frustration of gardening . . .

Nancy Kay said...

I hope your solution for the cukes works!

Lovely photos. What a great shot of the spider's web!

Sandy said...

Michelle,

Cucumbers love getting a little bit of water with Epsom salt poured on them. I usually take 1 to 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt and place it in a spray bottle, fill the bottle with water, and shake it so the Epsom salt dissolves. Then spray the entire cucumber plant every couple of weeks.

Spinners End Farm said...

The spider weaving is lovely!