Posted in Gardening, homestead, Horticulture, Mapleberry Gardens

Growing “Dragon’s Egg” Cucumber (2017)

These ‘dragon’s egg’ cucumbers were a lot of fun to grow this season because they’re interesting and they have been extremely prolific. I love their pale color and small size. They are about twice the size of an average chicken egg and they taste just as you’d expect a cucumber should. They’re cold and refreshing out of the fridge. The skin is tender and not bitter. They’re perfect for snacking on raw but I also used my abundant harvest to dehydrate some salted cucumber crisps.

I gave them an area of about 30×30 inches for three plants. I directly sowed the seeds on May 27th. The soil was amended with loads of organic compost.  I added a 4′ tall trellis that I made from a scrap of welded wire fencing, metal rods, and wooden stakes. I had to actively train the cucumbers up the trellis as they grew. The trellis has made it extremely easy to harvest fruit and inspect the plant for cucumber beetles and other pests. I occasionally fed the plants with a small amount of organic, granular 5-5-5 fertilizer.

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June 11th: These seedlings are about two weeks old now.
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June 11th: Ginger is waiting patiently for something interesting to happen in my early spring garden.
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July 20th: The cucumber plants are really filling out the trellis.
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July 20th: These cucumber plants are extremely prolific. I’ve harvested dozens of them. This trellis is supporting them perfectly. This variety has 2×4” gaps.
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July 20th: The skin on these cucumbers is tender and not bitter at all. The small size is perfect for me. Rex has been enjoying them as much as we have.
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July 20th: This plant is producing tons of flowers.

These plants are still producing abundant fruit by the beginning of August but their leaves are starting to look unattractive. By August 19th, they are still producing several fruits every couple days. There are fewer flowers now and the leaves are faded and discolored.

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Environmental biologist and wannabe homesteader.

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