Posts tagged ‘cucumber’
See photos below – I pickled my first ever cucumbers today. Pretty easy, I opted for the no water bath method, i.e. refrigerate method. Basically you boil the water, vinegar and spices, soak the cucs for 30 mins then pack into jars, place in fridge and wait 3 weeks.. I’ll report back at a later date on the outcome!
I also pickled some beets – I boil, peel, slice, then pack into jars and cover with 50% water/vinegar mix. These are also stored in fridge. I used the Braggs organic apple cider vinegar for the first time, I’m interested to taste them – no long wait required, I’ll check them out tomorrow.
Rain at last! Now I want it to stop so I can sow some root crops for Fall and transplant my brassicas. Never satisfied!
What a wet week! I have been trying to protect my seedlings and the plants in the cold frame by covering them during the downpours, and quickly uncovering them when the it stops in a vain attempt to get them to dry out a bit. Can’t do anything about plants in the ground though – actually, if nothing rots, the rain seems to have brought on the potatoes, onions and beans pretty well (same applies to the weeds of course!).
I did manage to get out into the garden yesterday morning – I fulfilled my personal mission of converting some of my sons’ old trampoline into a low tunnel to protect the sweet potatoes from unwanted invaders. It looks a little strange, but that’s OK – it all adds to the uniqueness of Winifreds Little Acre! I also edged around the raspberry fence that is hopefully going to protect the other crops outside the deer fence – I had a problem with escaping raspberries into my blueberries this year, so I decided to pre-empt the problem in this new raspberry patch.
The bees haven’t had too much chance to fly due to the rain, but hopefully they are still busy sorting out their new home. I’m a little worried about the baby peaches with their soft fuzzy skin – all this rain might take a toll. I’m planning to give them another holistic spray this weekend to help them out.
I have my curcubits – summer squash, cucumber (2nd sowing – first one failed) and melons in the basement germinating as I write hopefully. They should be ready to go out in a couple of weeks – they normally grow pretty fast. I’m looking into how to protect them from the cucumber beetle – they were all badly affected last year by bacterial wilt – so far my plan is to plant a ring of radish before I transplant them and then to cover them as soon as I put them out.
Looking forward to a great transplanting weekend – my babies are all ready to go out into the real world!