Saturday, August 11, 2012

Back To Blogging After a Brief Hiatus

Hello Everyone,

Its been a crazy summer and I'm ready to get back to blogging again.  Every camera in my house is currently AWOL, so for a bit I'll just have to give you descriptions - or crummy pictures with my phone!

Tonight I closed up front and back flaps and the side walls of the high tunnel.  There's a bumper crop waiting inside and I'm nervous that our 61-degree weather -with a forecasted drop to 57-degrees will not do my green tomatoes, growing peppers, and not-quite-ripe cantaloupe and watermelons a bit of good!  Is it really August 11th?  

Cucumbers are coming out of my ears.  I grew three varieties in the high tunnel and I'm very happy with them.  Two of the three are Picklebush, a short vining cucumber, with perfect for dill pickles sized fruits and Oriental Express, a variety that looks very similar to a beautiful English cucumber but with a slightly tougher and more bitter skin.  Oriental Express cucumbers seem to grow longer and longer instead of getting fat and seedy and though I prefer them peeled, the inner flesh is very mild.  The third cucumber I'm growing is a classic slicing cucumber with a thicker waxy skin and better keeping ability named Marketmore.  It gets large and seedy, but when picked the thicker skin helps it keep a little longer in the fridge or on the shelf.   

Tomorrow I'll talk about my outside (weed?)garden. 


  1. Wow, you keep a weed garden also? Glad it's not just me :)

  2. I had to laugh at Carolyn Renee's comment! :)
    Hard to believe it's that cool up north, we are over 100 AGAIN today. :(