Tuesday, April 5, 2011

First Cucumber Harvest

You may recall that we planted four organic cucumber seeds in our first Earthbox on January 29th. 

Today, 65 days after planting the seeds, we harvested the first cucumber.  Measuring 8 1/2 inches, the cucumber certainly looks appetizing, but a taste test will need to wait for tomorrow since we had homemade pizza for supper tonight.  (I've tried lots of different of pizza toppings, but never cucumber.)

We're training the cumcumbers to grow vertically instead of horizontally.  We decided to use an inexpensive tomato cage available at Lowes and Home Depot.  It makes mowing and weedeating around them easier and it keeps the cucumbers off the ground.

A closer inspection of the plants revealed 4 other small cucumbers in early development.  I think we'll be rolling in cucumbers in a week or two barring too much bad luck.

A few of the leaves on the cucumber plants have developed some discoloration. :( :(  There aren't any visible bugs or infestations on the top or underside of the leaves.  It's not on all of the leaves, but it's quite visible some of he older ones.  The newest leaves appear to be untouched by whatever it is - so far. 

After a little research, I think I've identified the leaf problems as anthracnose (a fungus).  It's very common in cucumbers, squash, melons, and other cucurbits

The weather in West Central Florida has been pretty wet, humid, and hot.  Apparently those are perfect conditions for anthracnose fungus. Darn the luck.

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