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Garden Update – First Cucumber

Cucumber Plant | www.myfoododyssey.com

Digging new garden beds is hard work, especially when you’re turning over a field that hasn’t been used in years. On the one hand, the weeds were deep, making breaking down the sods a back-breaking chore. On the plus side, the soil is in wonderful condition and, as it has been rested for several years, I suspect it is rich and fertile. After a few weeks of toil, first by both Arūnas and then by me, we finally got two large beds planted. Coupled with the kitchen garden that I planted beside the polytunnel and the plants in the polytunnel itself I have now planted nearly 50 different varieties of the following vegetables and herbs:

  1. Basil
  2. Beetroot
  3. Broccoli
  4. Brussels Sprouts
  5. Cabbage
  6. Carrots
  7. Cauliflower
  8. Celery
  9. Chard
  10. Chillies
  11. Coriander
  12. Courgette
  13. Cucumbers
  14. Dill
  15. Garlic
  16. Garlic, wild
  17. Kale
  18. Leeks
  19. Lettuce
  20. Melon
  21. Onions
  22. Parsley
  23. Peas
  24. Peppers, Sweet
  25. Physalis
  26. Rocket
  27. Rocket (mild)
  28. Sage
  29. Sorrel
  30. Spinach
  31. Tarragon
  32. Tomatoes

I’m not sure how well these will do in our climate – there may be a reason that no one grows kale in Lithuania – but planting them is the best way to find out. Spinach & Rocket Seedlings | www.myfoododyssey.com As with the winter just passed, the current weather in Lithuania is untypical for the time of year and has us gardeners in a bit of a tizzy. We’re getting lots of rain, which does reduce the need for watering, but we are not getting the sun and heat that would normally arrive in the latter half of May. As such, seeds are not germinating as quickly as expected and progress in the garden is slow. I planted seeds in my kitchen garden in early May and so far only the lettuce, spinach and rocket seeds have shown their heads above ground. I long to start eating summer salads and am willing the lettuce and onions to grow, but I suspect it will be at least another two weeks before I get to enjoy any produce from the garden. First Cucumber | www.myfoododyssey.com I am having better luck in the polytunnel, where I have already harvested my first ever cucumber. I’d never seen cucumbers growing before and I checked them each day, fascinated by how quickly they matured. There were two side by side that reached the point of perfection on the same day, so Arūnas and I had one each. They were perfect – crunchy and juicy with not a hint of bitterness. There are lots more coming through but they seem to be taken their time. I’m not sure if this is down to a lull in the amount of sunshine we’re getting or perhaps because I’m underwatering them – I guess I’ll just have to see what happens as time moves on. I’m hoping that in a month or so I’ll be overrun with cucumbers and will have plenty for salads, pickles and for using in šaltibarščiai. Watering Tomatoes | www.myfoododyssey.com My tomato plants are doing well – they are lush and green. A few of them have flowers but as yet I’ve seen no fruit emerging. I’ve never grown tomatoes before and I can’t wait to see how they appear. My pepper plants are also doing well and a number of peppers have started to develop. One is now quite long and I’m hoping it will start to fill out into a nice bell shape. First Bell Pepper | www.myfoododyssey.com Now that all my seeds are planted I feel like I’m in gardening limbo. I can’t even weed until the plants get a little bigger for fear of accidentally pulling up seedlings. My greenhouse is very well-tended – Arūnas tells me I’m only short of talking to the plants in there. I think I need a few more beds to keep me busy . “Darling, are you free to do some digging?” Like what you see? Then please subscribe to My Food Odyssey. Alternatively you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Blue Wildflowers | www.myfoododyssey.com

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nanette G #

    Hello there! I am sad and frustrated: I found you on Pinterest via what was supposed to be a recipe for sorrel soup. Not only does it not link to the recipe, but when I search “sorrel soup” here on your site, this is where it brings me…because you planted sorrel 😦

    I did buy your My Food Odyssey cookbook and will be trying those recipes!

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    July 24, 2017
    • Hi Nanette,

      Sorry about the confusion. The photo of the sorrel soup doesn’t actually say it’s a recipe but I can understand why you’d think it should be, given that most other photos on that board are links to recipes. It’s just a dish I made and took a photo of to share. I have now added a note to the Pin to clarify.

      Thank you so much for buying my book. The recipes in the book are all listed in the preview so hopefully it was clear before you bought it that it did not contain a recipe for sorrel soup. If you are disappointed with it you are entitled to return it. Hopefully you will enjoy some of the other recipes, though.

      Thanks again for your feedback,
      June.

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      July 24, 2017
  2. In all seriousness, your first cucumber..that is worthy of a celebration. Perhaps in a Thai Mint/Cucumber salad.

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    June 16, 2015
  3. humblelittlehomestead #

    Everything is really looking good! I bet you’ll be enjoying a nice harvest in a few months! Now I’m hungry for cucumbers! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    June 2, 2015
  4. longchaps2 #

    When that garden comes in you are going to be very very busy. You’ll laugh at this time when were waiting for something to happen 🙂 Those Cucumbers look yummy. I love them plain with a little bit of salt.

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    June 1, 2015
    • That’s what Arunas tells me every time I ask him to dig me a new bed! I’m kinda hoping it will come in on a phased basis over an extended period. I have a feeling August and September are going to be very busy with canning and processing! Yeh, fresh cucumber with a pinch of salt is yum. Some people here put honey on them but I’ve always been more of a salt girl. I just need more of them – grow, little cucumbers, grow!

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      June 1, 2015
      • longchaps2 #

        I have a feeling you are going to be buying a lot of jars for canning, lol.

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        June 1, 2015
  5. Great stuff, cucumber salad is always a winner !! Love it with mint, olive oil and a little sugar, salt and pepper !

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    June 1, 2015
  6. Looking good June. Looking forward to future posts featuring your bountiful harvest. What an awesome feeling to be growing your own food.

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    June 1, 2015
  7. Wow, that is impressive planting. Here’s to a successful harvest.

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    June 1, 2015

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