This is a photo story about two baby cucumbers that appeared in my garden a couple weeks ago and grew to be big and strong. When I saw the fuzzy, new growth side by side in our garden on May 22nd, I dubbed them “Cukey 1” and “Cukey 2.” Clever, I know. It’s a curse.
Regular reader(s) know that last year we grew a katrillion cucumbers in our garden . . . and pert near nothin’ else. But even though we had cukes growing out our ears, there was one oddity: I never saw one start on the vine. Like they dropped from an oblong alien mothership, full-grown cucumbers would all of a sudden be there in the garden. Pretty weird stuff.
So this year I vowed to keep a lookout for the start of those cukes. Once I finally figured out what part of the vine they looked like, it was so much easier! And then I documented their growth. It was fast! Within 12 days those baby cukes in the top photo were ready to be picked.
There even was a solo cucumber several feet away growing at the same pace.
On the twelfth day, I picked the three muscuketeers. And last night, cukey 1 was part of my dinner.
I sliced it up along with an Early Girl and a Roma tomato from the garden. I dipped them into the best baba gannouj ever: Fountain of Health’s brand.
It was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten! Totally cukelicious and almost totally homegrown. Thanks, cukey 1! Cukey 2 comes up to the plate (along with a couple more of our tomatoes) tonight. Soon the original three muscuketeers only will be a crunchy memory, but I know there will be many more cukes suddenly appearing in our garden before the growing season ends.
Better stock up on baba gannouj!