Spot of Gardening

Gardening in South Louisiana

Cucumbers Gone Wild

Two months ago, I built 2 trellises  on two of the garden plots for cucumbers.  One of the garden plots had picklers and oriental pickling cucumbers planted at the base of the trellis.  On the other plot, I planted lemon cucumbers, a new variety of cucumbers for me.   Like Jack’s beanstalk, those cucumbers grew and grew and grew.  They climbed up the trellis onto the fence behind it.  Unfortunately, July brought heavy rainstorms which knocked those cucumber vines off the fence but they were not deterred.  They grew over the trellis and onto the surrounding plots.  The vines were so heavy that they knocked the trellis over.   As for the cucumbers, they seem to over-ripen overnight.  One day, they almost ready and the next they’ve turned yellow.   At least there’s plenty to eat.   As for the lemon cucumber,  it’s really pretty but the taste is not anything extraordinary.   In the fact, it’s really spiky but  you can just scrub the spikes off when you wash it.   I find I prefer the picklers since they seem to have a bit more crunch.

September 6, 2009 - Posted by | Fruits and Vegetables


  1. Wow. Lemon cucumbers. Who knew?

    Comment by Jacqueline D'Elia | September 6, 2009 | Reply

    • Yep. I also thought it would be fun to grow lemon cucumbers.

      Comment by ryublade | September 15, 2009 | Reply

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