Last week I picked my first cucumber and it was delicious. Just juicy enough, great cucumber flavor (not the watered-down version of cucumber flavor I'm used to from grocery store cucumbers), no wax on the skin. It was a delightful cucumber. I sliced some up on a salad with ranch dressing, but ended up slicing and eating the rest of it plain.
This week, there were eight ready to be picked with dozens more started on the plants, and dozens more blossoms to boot. I'm proud of the cucumbers because I've never grown them before. I started them at home in June and transplanted them to the patch, and they are definitely my most successful plant. Most of the strawberries didn't make it, the tomatoes are doing okay but not exceptionally, the acorn squash bit the dust, and the peppers seem a little stunted and perhaps mislabeled. The yellow pepper plants have red ones (or will they eventually turn yellow?) Actually, I'm confused about this: I think they're all green to start with and then turn other colors, but is there a true green pepper that stays green for as long as it's on the vine? Anyway, I brought one of the green peppers home and ate it on salads and it was super yummy too (and I'm generally lukewarm about green peppers). The deer seem to ignore the peppers, so I'm filing that info in my memory for next year. (Ack! Am I doing this next year? I suppose I am).
I'm still seeing some squash bugs on the cucumbers, killing them with soap from a spray bottle and/or my feet (and getting an extra sadistic thrill when I catch two in the act), but even so, today the is getting their first donation from Frankfort Patch's patch!
Do you understand how bell peppers work? Tell me in the comments!