Sunday, June 19, 2016

Cucumber Art

Every year we put in at least one cucumber and two tomato plants in our tiny patio garden. It's a southern exposure so they really are in a great spot. For whatever reason, the tomatoes have not done very well for the last year or three! The cucmber vines used to get caught up in all the other flowers and vegetation. We didn't even notice some of the cucumbers until they were well over grown! So in order to avoid that, we now have a sort of trellis that we use. We take a few of the tomato stakes and then wrap string around them and inside of it all the way up to the top of the fence. Every day we look at it the plants grow another few inches. But what is most interesting are the little tendrils that just seem to find something to hang on to. And when they do, they create the most interesting shapes. Some look like tiny springs and curly Q's, some look like knots, some are just flying in the breeze until something catches it or it catches something. And the crop is already starting to grow. I can't wait! There's nothing better than a fresh cucmber right out of the garden. Thank goodness they are more predictable than tomatoes. I'm sure my husband would prefer it the other way around. In Milwaukee we had a lot more space and a lot more stuff in the garden. But here we do everything on a smaller scale and still get to appreciate, and eat, the end result!

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