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Indoor cucumbers, and wild cucumber relatives

This month’s post is Proud Mom Edition. Both my sons enjoy growing plants inside their apartments – all that botanical indoctrination paid off! My younger son, Patrick, has now managed to grow food in his sunny 21st-floor Chicago flat: a…

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Squash Family Pest Problem Tips

The squash plant family (Cucurbitaceae) includes many garden favorites- cucumber, summer and winter squash, pumpkin, muskmelon, and watermelon. Unfortunately, it’s a family vulnerable to some of the most consequential insect pest and disease problems. The names squash bug, cucumber beetle,…

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Cucumber tendril mystery

If you’ve ever wondered how cucumber tendrils grow and find the stuff they’re climbing on, whether it’s the trellis you put up for them or the trellis next door or a convenient tomato plant, watch this fascinating video: (via Mike…

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Cucumber and squash mosaic virus prevention

This fall I took over an abandoned plot at the South Germantown Community Garden, one of a network of community gardens run by Montgomery County Parks.  (My garden at home is increasingly shady, and I am so happy to be…

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Growing Cumbers Inside

Cucumber with bloom  Win some, lose some when you’re experimenting, but it’s fun to experiment, especially when it comes to growing food and pushing the limits of production. This year, one of the things I wanted to try was growing…

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Odd-shaped cucumber

I was going to share this photo of a cucumber I picked from my neighbors’ garden while they were away, and explain why it looks like that (no, it’s not a variety bred to be round), but then someone else…

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Cukes: dead in 10 days

What beautiful plants they were—four Burpee Bush Champion cucumber vines. Their dark green leaves were so healthy I sometimes paused just to admire them—and the brilliant yellow blossoms too. Soon I was picking beautiful cukes—then bucketfuls of cukes. We ate…

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