I originally started vegetable gardening a number of years ago because I wanted to grow my own cucumbers, lemon cucumber to be specific. For a long time, cucumbers were the only food crop I grew. I expanded my gardening horizons a few years ago, but cucumbers still hold a special place in my heart and I eagerly look forward to the first cucumber harvest of the season. Cucumber season is now in full force.
Back to those lemon cucumbers. I find them so lovely and, increasingly, such a pain to grow. Sadly, I might have to cross them off my list of plants to grow each season. Lemon cucumbers can have trouble with powder mildew. My lemon cucumbers seem to always have trouble with powder mildew. I’m really careful not to water them from above. I diligently cut off leaves that are showing signs of mildew. It makes no difference. The garden was neglected for two days while we did a weekend trip and just in that time the mildew has spread like crazy.
In those same few days, the beans have started producing. These Maxibel beans went from little pipsqueek beans to “harvest ASAP” seemingly overnight. Guess it’s time to gear up for bean season.