|Off on a wander...|
Lying behind this irrational homoerotic fear was an equally common worry. We can all handle an indoor chilli plant. But something more unruly, so cheap and accessible to buy, something so large, well I guess it's too much for some to, er, take.
I only started because my mum gave me seedlings and I had absolutely no idea the plant could get so rampant! But there was a buzz from seeing something more substantial than a few leaves take command of the garden. I felt like a proper gardener.
This year I'm struggling to get my cucumber plants beyond their early stages, possibly still too cold but mostly down to May neglect. So if you're new to cucumbers, I suggest trying to bring the seedlings on in sheltered conditions and plant out when the cold nights have passed. If this works you will be rewarded with a bumper harvest.
|Keep an eye on them and pick before they get too big|
My cucumbers had tiny little spikes on them - not something you see in Sainsburys eh? And given such a glut, I dug out a recipe for pickling cucumber, Korean style with red onion, chilli and salt.
|Home made Kimchi|
Incredibly moorish and rewarding. I recommend googling 'Kimchi' and indulging your crop with a bit of heat. I'm even growing red onion and chilli this year purely to go with the cucumber pickle!
Tick the box ' I want to grow' and I'll add to the get potting list shortly as I need to start some more off even if it is a bit later in the growing season I fear.